Film review by Steve Duffy –
This is not Jaws!
Based on the best-selling novel MEG by Steve Alten, The MEG, comes at the height of our beach day excursions.
A deep-sea submersible–part of an international undersea observation program–has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific… with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew–and the ocean itself–from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below.
Statham does the best he can do with what he is given. You won’t be watching his normal action hero antics, but you will enjoy his performance.
The supporting cast is busy and instantly forgettable. Rainn Wilson as the bad guy is just not believable.
The storyline is so ridiculous and so many crazy things happens, that your only choice is to just sit back and watch it all unfold.
The Meg is pure popcorn fun and one you will forget once you exit the theatre.
RATTING: PG-13 for action/peril, bloody images and some language
RUNTIME: 114 mins