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The Meg review: Jason Statham starrer fails to embrace the ludicrousness of its own premise


There are certain things one expects in a movie featuring an oversized killer shark and Jason Statham like gratuitous gore, senseless violence, people's heads being eaten away by fangs, a boxing match between Statham and the shark, and jokes about shark fin soup. None of these things are found in The Meg  a disastrous movie that is neither good enough to watch as straightforward entertainment nor bad enough to become a cult classic of badness. How anyone thought it would be a good idea to throw hundreds of millions of dollars to make this is a mystery that is more interesting than the film itself.

Going with the tradition of shark movies, the setup is ridiculous though sadly in this movie not ridiculous enough. A Jon Hammond-like billionaire named Jack (Rainn Wilson) builds an underwater facility called Mana One for research purposes. Things go awry when it attracts the attention of a bunch of sharks and also a giant shark who absolutely needs to be killed before it can kill people vacationing on the beach. Naturally, the person in charge of hunting the shark is Statham who once again plays the typical no nonsense straight faced Statham character up against all odds, burdened with a chip on his shoulder.

The problem with The Meg is that it isn't 'loose' enough to embrace the ludicrousness of its premise. There's a reason why the Sharknado movies are so successful they're made with the intention to deliver hilarious B-movie thrills, and with a shark in the lead you cannot go about making a highbrow movie for kids. Consider the 90's cheese classic Deep Blue Sea  it turned out to be a cult hit because it delivered big screen thrills but with its tongue firmly in its cheek. In this movie, there is one such moment where a character goes up in a chopper and attempts to chuck grenades at the shark. It's the only scene in the film that doesn't take itself too seriously, and one wishes the entire film were a string of moments like these at least it would have made for something to watch over a drinking game.


The other issue is the unabashed China pandering. There's Li Bingbing cast as a super smart scientist who looks like a model cosplaying as a sexy scientist lady. To make things worse, the final threat from the shark is directed towards a China based location. I don't quite understand the logic here are Chinese audiences going to like this movie because there are Chinese things in the film? If they do, then it's a problem in itself because it would mean the Chinese like terrible movies; and if they don't then it's also a problem because Hollywood assumes the Chinese like terrible movies.

Ironically, this film is based on a successful book series and was made in the hopes of starting a franchise. I can't recall any other franchise starter so dead on arrival that its own stars bash it in the media. You're better off being eaten by an actual shark than subjecting yourself to this cinematic guano.

Updated Date: Aug 10, 2018 16:27 PM

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The Meg Movie Review

Directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Jason Statham, this film about a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark is one of those cheerfully cheesy popcorn movies, which you aren't meant to take seriously


Director: Jon Turteltaub

Cast: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Cliff Curtis

Jason Statham against a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark that was enough to convince me to show up at 9.30 am at the theatre for The Meg. And I have to say, I had a good time.

The Meg is one of those cheerfully cheesy popcorn movies, which you aren't meant to take seriously. It's based on the bestselling book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror. The Meg or Megalodon is a giant, monstrous shark believed to be extinct. But lo and behold, thanks to greedy humans messing around, it emerges from the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the ocean. So who you going to call? The Stath of course!

The Meg has a Chinese co-producer so the leading lady is Chinese the gorgeous Li Bingbing and the action takes place off the coast of China. We get a romantic angle between Statham, playing a disgraced diver Jonas, and Li, as Suyin, the brave daughter of a famed oceanographer. To up the emotional stakes, we also get the adorable Shuya Sophia Cai, who plays Suyin's daughter. At one point, the little girl is attacked by the Meg. I jumped hard enough to spill the drink I was holding.

But please don't stress. The Meg is not the type of film, in which characters you care about die. Director Jon Turteltaub understands that we are here to enjoy a massive prehistoric monster, who, we are told, could rip a whale in half. In one scene, Jonas solemnly declares: Man versus Meg isn't a fight. It's a slaughter.

Not if the man in question is the Stath himself.  This is a hero willing to jump into the ocean armed with only a spear-gun. Another character looks at this and says, Hell yeah!' That's exactly what I was feeling. Statham combines a stoic strength with vulnerability. He's not playing this for laughs but neither is he over-serious. Statham gets the inherent silliness of the narrative but he gives us a straight-up champion.

What's less fun is the exposition and necessary lessons on how humans have messed with Mother Nature. The romantic angle between Jonas and Suyin will make you cringe in one scene, she walks into his room without noticing that he has only a towel on. And they continue to flirt with each other even as they descend into the ocean to battle a monster.

You'll have to get past that. And focus instead on the impressive giant CGI shark, a surprising mid-film twist and the climax when through some supremely illogical turn of events, we get Statham going mano a mano against the shark. Which is exactly what we paid for.

-- Anupama chopra (Filmcompanion.in)


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I am really excited for the MEG 
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heard that JASON STATHAM has done a great job..so it would be amazing..can't wait to catch in theaters.
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LI bing bing who also plays a scientist...looks gorgeous and her daughter looks really cute..its going to be fun and engaging ride...
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But I am scared of shark movies...monster movies..i can't sleep after watching them...i still get goosebumps after watching jaws...but never mind such experiences don't come to u daily anyway
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No box office collections for THE MEG on indian box office given yet...
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dunno what's happening...i want to know the status of the movie. 

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