The Meg is a 2018 science-fiction action film directed by Jon Turteltaub with a screenplay by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber, loosely based on the 1997 book, Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, by Steve Alten.
Previously thought to be extinct, a massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific. With time running out, a visionary oceanographer recruits rescue diver Jonas Taylor to save the crew and the sea itself from an unimaginable threat -- a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.
- Unlike most shark attack films that try to copy Jaws or have just plain ridiculous writing (like Three-Headed Shark or Sharktopus), The Meg is actually a pretty good shark film that tries to do its own decent take on the protagonists facing a man-eating shark/megalodon.
- Great acting, especially from Jason Statham and Winston Chao.
- The film has a few funny moments here and there, like when Morris is first introducing himself to Suyin and messes up when speaking in Chinese.
- The opening scene was heartbreaking as Jonas had to leave two of his men behind to die in order to save everybody else.
- The megalodon(s) that terrorizes and tries to eat the main characters are truly scary on its own.
- The idea of a research team trying to find life at the very bottom of the sea but end up encountering a megalodon is pretty original.
- Likable, relatable and/or interesting characters, such as Jonas, Suyin and Dr. Zhang.
- The film has an awesome soundtrack, such as Hey Mickey which is sung entirely in Thai.
- Each and every one of the scenes are well-executed, like when a giant squid attacks Suyin only to get attacked and eaten by the shark or the badass ending scene where Jonas kills the megalodon.
- A nice and subtle reference to Dory’s famous “Just keep swimming.” line from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.
- The chemistry between Jonas and Suyin is pretty decent and is not your usual clichéd romantic side-plot.
- Horrible CGI on the megalodon(s).
- The dialogue is one of the worst parts of the movie. For example, "You might be a son of a bitch, but you sure are no coward."
- There’s a giant “WTF” type of moment in the film that’s also a huge plot hole: The megalodon was seen swimming up very fast towards and about to attack a small dog in the ocean named Pippin, but somehow Pippin has shown to survive later on.
- There’s a very noticeable error throughout most of the movie where the megalodon(s) change sizes between scenes and/or shots.
- Reviews were positive from audiences but were mostly mixed from critics, with a 46% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes & Metacritic perceptively & 5.6/10 on IMDb.