Release Date: August 10, 2018.
Budget/ Box-Office: $178M/ $506.9M
Starring: Jason Statham, Like Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Cliff Curtis, etc.
Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5
There are few action stars currently in the world – Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel a few others, and there’s Jason Statham. Remember the days of Transporter and how we couldn’t get enough of him in that role? Statham returns in this killer shark blockbuster -The Meg- which, promised to thrill viewers Jaw-style. With Statham at the center of this action flick you may ask, what could go possibly go wrong?
The Meg follows a group of scientist who believe there’s another layer after what is widely believed to be the ocean floor at the deepest site in the world. They get to test their theory, which is proved right, and there encounter a giant shark once thought extinct, The Megalodon, better known as The Meg. A rescue mission spareheaded by Jonas Taylor (Statham), a former naval-officer and world’s best sea-diver, who’d encountered The Meg once before to unanimous disbelieve, gives most of them the chance to live and fight another day. But in so doing they let the monster up into their surface water world.
There’s nothing particularly special about The Meg, unlike what could be said about other similar monster flicks before it like Jurassic Park and classic predecessor, Jaws. The beauty of this movie is the improved CGI, which translates to larger and better-looking sharks, which in turn translates to cool scare chlills the Meg invokes by her mere presence; the many near and actual death scenes where she’s trying to chew her way into her next meal… these were high moments for me. But the truth is, bigger doesn’t always mean better. Juxtaposing The Meg with Jaws can best be translated into an insult for the monster classic.
The acting talents were decent, which isn’t really the fault of the actors, but the script which penned down boring characters trying to tell a cliche story. And we spent so much time with them instead of with the eponymous star. 😁
Same thing can be said of the production quality.
If you’re a fan of shark tales, The Meg is sure to do it for you, otherwise just move on to the next movie of your choice.