Review by Brandon:
The hype for The Meg definitely got the best of me. A giant shark wreaking havoc, eating everyone in its path in a fury of violence, featuring action-star Jason Statham of Crank fame? Sign me up! All of the ingredients are in place for an epic fight between human and megladon, and I sank my teeth into a giant rotten fish sandwich. The Meg jumped the shark and completely tanked my expectations. I wanted more shark attacks! Unfortunately, the focus on the characters and the love interest between what was supposed to be the action star and a scientist overshadowed what could have been a great creature feature.
Here’s the rundown:
Five years ago, expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor encountered an unknown danger in the unexplored recesses of the Mariana Trench that forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew. Though the tragic incident earned him a dishonorable discharge, what ultimately cost him his career, his marriage and any semblance of honor was his unsupported and incredulous claims of what caused it – an attack on his vessel by a mammoth, 70-foot sea creature, believed to be extinct for more than a million years. But when a submersible lies sunk and disabled at the bottom of the ocean – carrying his ex-wife among the team onboard – he is the one who gets the call. Whether a shot at redemption or a suicide mission, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life and the lives of everyone trapped below on a single question: Could the Megalodon – the largest marine predator that ever existed – still be alive … and on the hunt?
It wasn’t all that bad but due to the horrendous acting and flimsy story line, I’m giving The Meg a big thumbs down. There was one redeeming scene that would be worth watching when the movie is available to rent. It is at the end when Jason Statham fights The Meg one-on-one. I don’t want to spoil anything, but Jason Statham makes shark fin soup. It would have only been better if Statham referenced Family Guy and said, “Shut up, Meg.” like I was doing in my head the entire time. Thumbs down!