A very short review of “The Meg” (2018)

“The Meg” (2018) is an easy movie in which to find flaws.  They’re many, they’re egregious, and they’re consistently front and center.  The biggest flaw for me is its truly terrible script; it’s like the screenwriters weren’t even trying here.   (At one point we see a character simply grunt a response to another during an exchange, as though the screenwriters were too disinterested to write a line of dialogue.)  The movie’s other weaknesses include the occasionally spotty CGI and some head-scratching science.

With all of that said, however, I still had fun with “The Meg.”  (The title refers to a prehistoric shark called megalodon, which our protagonists inadvertently release from a newly discovered deep-sea trench.)  I’d rate it a 6 out of 10 because it was a fun enough summertime monster movie.  It’s clunky stuff, but it’s passably enjoyable lowbrow entertainment for fans of creature features.

I like Jason Statham too.  (This is the first film I’ve seen him in since 2004’s “Cellular.”)  He certainly isn’t a bad actor, even if his lines in this film should have had him inwardly cringing.  He’s got presence and charisma.

I’m not sure I would actually recommend “The Meg,” but I didn’t hate it.



3 thoughts on “A very short review of “The Meg” (2018)”

  1. The truth is, I do not personally believe any shark movie will ever succeed JAWS. In fact it is impossible for me to see any such movie as anything other than a failed copy. I have not yet heard the words “this film is better than Jaws” and this is why I have never watched any other shark movie since. I agree though, the sequels were crap.

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  2. I loved this movie, flaws and all. (You forgot one of the biggest flaws: That a guy who has sunk into alcoholism the way Statham’s character did would never the less have Statham’s physique. I come from a long line of alcoholics and THAT ain’t the case.)

    But with this one, they had me at giant shark.

    You should check out Statham’s Transporter series. Great movies. And he’s actually quite a good martial artist. He made the movie “War” with Jet Li but one of the most frustrating things about it was that the direction was such that you didn’t get a chance to really see these two guys go to work with the martial arts. But Statham sends up his “tough guy” character brilliantly in the movie Spy.

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