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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.

Plot[]

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.

Good Qualities[]

  1. 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.
  2. Great acting, especially from Jason Statham and Winston Chao.
  3. 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.
  4. The opening scene was heartbreaking as Jonas had to leave two of his men behind to die in order to save everybody else.
  5. The megalodon(s) that terrorizes and tries to eat the main characters are truly scary on its own.
  6. 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.
  7. Likable, relatable and/or interesting characters, such as Jonas, Suyin and Dr. Zhang.
  8. The film has an awesome soundtrack, such as Hey Mickey which is sung entirely in Thai.
  9. 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.
  10. A nice and subtle reference to Dory’s famous “Just keep swimming.” line from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.
  11. The chemistry between Jonas and Suyin is pretty decent and is not your usual clichéd romantic side-plot.

Bad Qualities[]

  1. Horrible CGI on the megalodon(s).
  2. 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."
  3. 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.
  4. There’s a very noticeable error throughout most of the movie where the megalodon(s) change sizes between scenes and/or shots.

Reception[]

  • 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.

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