The Meg (2018)
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 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 it’s own decent take on the protagonists facing a man-eating shark.
- 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 megaladon that terrorizes and tries to eat the main characters is truly scary on it’s own.
- The idea of a research team trying to find life at the very bottom of the sea but end up encountering a megaladon is pretty original.
- Likable, relatable and 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 everyone of the scenes is 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 megaladon.
- A nice reference to Dory’s “Just keep swimming.” line from Finding Nemo.
- Horrible CGI on the Megalodon.
- The dialogue is one of the worst parts of the movie.
- There’s a giant “WTF” type of moment in the film that’s also a huge plot hole, the megaladon was scene swimming up very close and about to attack a small dog named Pippin, but somehow Pippin has shown to survive later on.
- There’s a very noticeable error where the Megaladon(s) change sizes between scenes and/or shots.