The Meg (2018) Review

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The Meg (2018) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on August 09th, 2018 | Movie Review, Worth Watching? | Survival, Wildlife, Shark, Hollywood

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It’s about a deep sea research team (and a studly Hollywood hero assigned to saving all of their asses) who accidentally release, and are then tasked to save humanity from, a prehistoric giant shark.

The Meg was directed by Jon Turteltaub  and stars Jason Statham, Ruby Rose (from Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), Rainn Wilson (from House of 1000 Corpses) and Jessica Mcnamee (from The Loved Ones).

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The Meg Review

The Meg isn't the new Jaws.

It's also not a horror movie. Rather, unsurprisingly, it's simply a heavily promoted fun Hollywood summer blockbuster similar in style to other survival actions like Independence Day and 2012.

If you go into it with this in mind you'll probably love it as much as I did.

Sure, it's dripping in cheesy one-liners and Hollywood moments. Sure, the portrayal of the prehistoric Megalodon is unrealistic. And yes, the action unfolds in a predictable sorta way. But it's a fun ride that actually packs some great surprises, unpredictable jump scares and and a lot of laughs.

One thing unique about The Meg is that there's little blood or gore. Apparently it was all edited out to get a PG-13 rating necessary to appeal to a larger audience. The only shark movie with less blood that I can think of was 47 Meters Down .

And Rainn Wilson's role was awesome, his acting chops and comic relief really helped make The Meg a complete package.

Worth Watching?

If you liked Independence Day and wished Jaws wasn't so stressful or bloody or even as serious, than yes! If you liked Sharknado but wished it was just a tad less cheesy and family friendly, than yes! But if you're looking for a serious shark horror, The Meg probably isn't for you (and neither is Shark Exorcist).

I personally had a blast.


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