Jonas (Jason Statham) is an expert sea diver. Five years ago, Jones was part of an underwater rescue team. It was during his last mission that Jonas first encountered a large creature in the sea, resulting in the loss of two co-workers.
Currently, Jonas past continues to make him feel like a failure. A new team makes a similar discovery to the one Jonas made years ago, and once again we have a crew in need of a rescue and only one man capable of doing so. Jonas gets called back into the swimsuit to save lives and assist with capturing a large shark-like creature known as “The Meg”.
When it comes to cinema, we have been flooded with a stack of Shark movies: Sharknado, 47 Meters Down and Deep Blue Sea 2 (which was awful!). The Meg does the average Shark Movie differently from the word go. For starters, we have a much better lead actor, and I’m going to say it- the plot of discovering a huge shark deep in the ocean sounds like a fun ride.
The Meg’s plot is brainless and entertaining. I’m surprised how much I enjoyed Jason Statham as the lead character here. Sure there are some laughable moments as a result of his one-liners. Still, he also manages to deliver a couple of heartfelt moments, in particular with a little girl who he encounters on and off throughout the film.
As for the other characters, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. We have the computer geek, a typical rich guy who’s funding the research facility, doctors and the list goes on. It’s pretty basic as to who you can expect not to survive in this film, but for some reason the predictability factor didn’t bother me as much what it usually would have. I guess it could be because I was just having fun, and watching characters interact with Jason Statham’s character was pleasing to me. The film also holds back the gore and foul language. I would hope and assume that we may one day have an uncut version of this film once it comes to disc/digital. Even though the film is rated M, I was a little surprised to see young kids were seeing this film and freaking out, hiding under their parent’s arms- remember people, this is a Shark Movie after all.
The Meg brings the cinema stunning visuals and a jaw-dropping Atmos track. Considering the shark is fake, it looked so good on the big screen and managed to carry a significant amount of deal. It was also fun to see many people in my cinema jumping out of their skins due to the film’s creepy soundtrack. I was surprised to see the film’s composer was Harry Gregson-Williams (Spy Game, Narnia etc.). The film’s costume and ships design were also worth praising.
Overall, The Meg delivered actually what I expected and what I wanted to see from a big shark movie starring Jason Statham. It’s brainless and fun entertainment people! Films like these are great to see in cinemas with the person you love the most or perhaps a group of friends. There are also many references to other Shark films such as Jaws and Finding Nemo.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden