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🦈 The Meg 🦈
When it comes to shark movies there are several things I hope for; I want it to be corny, cheesy, dramatic, full of bad one-liners and feature characters that continuously make terrible decisions in ridiculous circumstances that would never happen. The Meg ticked all these boxes and is a film I know I should have really hated but can’t help but love. Before going any further I would like to point out that yes this is not a great movie, it is probably bad if anything but it is a shark movie and as far as they go it is bloody fantastic.
The Meg (as expected) stars Jason Statham as himself (because he seems to be the new Nicholas Cage) and he’s perfect for the role. In this particular incarnation we are meant to believe he’s an ex-rescue diver that has spent five or so years drinking his life away in Thailand, of course this lifestyle has still magically kept his muscles intact which makes for a nice viewing pleasure. Jason Statham has been living this life after an encounter with ‘the meg’/shark resulting in the death of several of his team members. He is called back into the business with a rescue mission to save his ex-wife (how convenient) who has become stuck at the bottom of the ocean in a submarine that has been damaged by the same shark from years before (also how convenient). This all happens within the first ten minutes of the movie so don’t fret I haven’t featured many spoilers as following this is when things get really interesting. In the rescue mission Jason Statham is joined by a crew of mismatched characters that are more or less around to be extra shark bait. What is nice is that unlike the usual stereotypes this group of characters is quite diverse and as a result seems much more believable. Li Bingbing surprised me as a standout playing a leading character with the most emotional depth. The plot shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to its viewers but I can guarantee you will be treated to some dramatic shark chases, a hefty body count and a lot of comedy. The Meg itself is also a showcase of how far CGI has come in recent years as the effects of the shark are quite realistic and incredible, especially in comparison to classic shark movies such as Jaws.
What made The Meg so enjoyable to me is that it knows exactly what type of film it is. It knows that an audience wants a shark movie that defies the rules of reality, it doesn’t try to stick to the rules of “what would actually happen” in real life and instead plays by its own. By doing this it leaves an audience at the edge of their seat wondering and hoping the next scene will bring more shark dramatics and ridiculousness, the best being a scene featuring ‘the meg’ encountering an overly crowded beach.
In respect to how I review other films I will be honest this film didn’t surprise me. It heavily entertained me yes but I wasn’t overly impressed with the storyline, its acting and the ending was somewhat mediocre and seemed incomplete.
If you want to go see Jason Statham doing what he always does, but in a shark movie definitely catch this one…I am sure he’ll be doing his thing for years to come because he is perfect for it. A riot of laughs and drama that is sure to entertain you. Enjoy!
🌟 Rating: 7/10
🍦 Rating: Mocha ~ A combination of jump scares and over the top dramatics will either leave you satisfied or just shy off the buzz level you were hoping for.
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