by Adam M. Wilcox
The Meg stars Jason Statham and Li Bingbing, directed by Jon Turtletaub(National Treasure). The Mariana Trench, once thought to be the deepest part of the sea, is discovered to be protected by a….eh try not to focus to hard in the bullshit science. Basically a separate eco system is hiding below untouched by civilization for thousands of years until a deep sea expedition passes through, and accidentally let’s out a really big 70 foot Megalodon shark. Statham is the bad ass diving expert they call to save the expedition. As things go horribly bad, this expedition turns into a hunt before our giant sharky reaches civilization.
Most all shark movies get an unfair judgement because everything fails on the Jaws scale. The Meg seems to be aware of this. While obviously made for a Chinese market, this film embraces these unrealistic expectations, and commits to the fun. This is not a comedy, or an exploitation film. Think of it more as the last ride in the amusement park, you ride before the summer is over. I feel this movie is failing to connect with American audiences due to it’s fair share of dad jokes, and lack of blood and guts due to the PG-13 rating. Again, this movie was clearly aimed at a Chinese audience. That is not to the film’s detriment at all. In fact I had a really good time watching this. Special effects were very good, action kept me very entertained, and I feel like I got what I paid to see. Jason Statham is cool as always, but 10 year old Sophia Cai is so charming that she steals every scene from the adults. The best thing I can say without spoilers is that if you enjoyed the trailers, you will not be dissatisfied. This film knows it will be compared to other shark movies, and embraces the tropes with loving arms. Some of the characters are a little on the weak side, and some a little bit stereotypical, but none of them ruined the film for me either. I reccomend this one of you been thinking about it! 4 out of 5 cheese curds!