Don Reviews "The Meg"
I have been always fascinated with sharks, and one item on my bucket list is to go diving in shark cages with the Great Whites. I think sharks are one of the most understood creatures on Earth due to an image that is sometimes not deserved. In fact, more people die from bee stings than from shark attacks. However, when it comes to movies and the biggest shark of them all, you DO have my attention.
“The Meg” is directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) and stars Jason Statham (Crank), Bingbing Li (Resident Evil: Retribution), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Cliff Curtis (Training Day), Winston Chao (The Wedding Banquet), Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter 2), Page Kennedy (Cold Case) Robert Taylor (Kong: Skull Island), Olafur Darri Olafsson (The BFG), Jessica McNamee (CHIPS), and Shuya Sophia Cai (Somewhere Only We Know). When a research vessel paid for by a billionaire named Morris (Wilson) is under attack in a deep ocean research project in an undiscovered area after they create an opening for a gigantic prehistoric shark called a Megalodon. With the giant shark released, it starts to cause chaos in the open ocean as a group of researchers led by Jonas Taylor (Statham) go on a mission to kill the Megalodon.
I really liked the look of the film and with its CGI, but it is done well especially since most of the story is told underwater. They are so realistic that at times felt that I was underwater with the cast. The level of acting is what can be expected for this type of film, with Statham leading the way. I also enjoyed the work of Shuya Sophia Cai does very well, especially considering this is only her second role.
“The Meg” flows well considering it is a little under two hours long. This is one of those films that is fairly predictable but is still a good time with the right level of suspension of disbelief. There are a few scenes that I feel were either are ripping off or paying homage to movies like “Jaws” depending on your point of view, but I did enjoy this film. In the right mind set, I will recommend this film as a Saturday afternoon showing in the theaters.