The Meg (2018)

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The Meg (2018)
Genre: Thriller
Photography: Color
Running Time: 113 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: August 10, 2018
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Starring: Jason Statham
Li Bingbing
Rainn Wilson
Ruby Rose
Winston Chao
Cliff Curtis

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.

Good Qualities

  1. 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.
  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 megaladon that terrorizes and tries to eat the main characters is truly scary on it’s own.
  6. 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.
  7. Likable, relatable and 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 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.
  10. A nice reference to Dory’s “Just keep swimming.” line from Finding Nemo.

Bad Qualities

  1. Horrible CGI on the Megalodon.
  2. The dialogue is one of the worst parts of the movie.
  3. 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.
  4. There’s a very noticeable error where the Megaladon(s) change sizes between scenes and/or shots.