Jason Statham vs The Megalodon. Who wins? That’s exactly where we find ourselves in The Meg, an outlandishly fun sci-fi monster movie that is packed out with plenty of thrills and shocks.
200 miles off the Chinese coast, a deep sea submarine is attacked by a Megalodon, a giant 75-foot shark that was thought to be extinct for over millions of years. With the ship disabled at the bottom of the sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) and oceanographer Suyin Zhang (Li Bingbing) must quickly work to rescue the crew.
Simply put The Meg is big, bold fun! Think of all of the things you loved about those classic B-movie horror sci-fi films of the 1950s and 1960s and you’ll find it here in The Meg. The plot is simple, stop the giant shark from eating all of humanity, but make no mistake there are plenty of unexpected turns here and director Jon Turteltaub works hard to really deliver some top-level Hollywood action. Part of this occurs with his reliance on practical effects, and yes I do understand that the giant 70 foot shark is CGI, but even still Turteltaub really puts the emphasis on practical in camera effects to heighten the tension and the thrills.
Turteltaub also gets lucky with his leading man and as soon as I saw that Jason Statham was readying to fight a giant shark I was like sign me up for this! Statham is a consummate professional and again brings his A-game as outlaw diver Jonas Taylor, who is not fond of rules and likes to push things to the limit. Watching his performance you can just tell that he had a lot of fun making this movie and it’s great to see him utilizing his considerable aquatic skills within the film as he was once a professional diver and even represented his native Britain in the sport.
Statham is pretty much the living embodiment of the alpha male and here he gets to prove it with his absolutely ripped physique, badass swagger and ability to swing right in and save the day. And as for the film’s stunts, well Statham jumps head first into them as he does battle with the Meg and the action on screen will certainly get your adrenaline going.
While Jaws might have made people stay out of the water, after seeing The Meg you’ll definitely think twice before taking a dip in the open ocean. This prehistoric beast is a ferocious creature and it’s appearance up on screen will definitely make you jump! Turteltaub really knows how to pull out the scares and there where plenty of moments that absolutely took me by surprise and completely caught me off guard.
If you’re looking for a film experience with some serious bite to it then I highly recommend that you check it out. The Meg is some great big monster fun and it’ll definitely amp you up with its blockbuster thrills.
Image: Roadshow Films.