A massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. With time running out, rescue diver Jonas Taylor must save the crew and the ocean itself from an unimaginable threat — a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.
I’ve hit a bit of a rough patch lately where I see films, and I’m just not super excited to get home and review them for one reason or another. This is pretty much the same reason I saw the Meg two weeks ago, and am just now sitting down to talk about it. It’s not that the Meg is a bad movie, in fact I actually had a good time with it. It is however, as many movies have been this summer: Un-Spectacular.
Let’s face it picking apart a movie about a giant prehistoric shark is just wasting time. If I wanted to I would start about the cardboard characters, spotty acting, and uneven story telling. Overall the Meg knows exactly what it is, and that’s why in the end it is successful.
Hollywood has taken a really serious approach to shark films as of late, and the Meg wisely decides to take a more light hearted approach. Tv movies like Sharknado have been thriving on this model for awhile now, and Warner Bros took the concept made it a bit more serious, and added a large budget with Jason Statham. These make for a pretty entertaining film and probably everything you were hoping it would be.
I don’t think that the Meg is a great movie, but I do think it makes for a great summer movie. I also think it is one of Jason Statham’s best performances, as it was nice to see him beat up sharks instead of people for once. It isn’t going to blow you away, but it is the fun shark movie that you might have been waiting for.
Thanks to Gateway Film Center and The Owens Group!