Whether you enjoy this movie or not I believe depends on your mindset when going in to see it. I had very low expectations going in to see the new giant sharp movie, The Meg starring Jason Statham and I came out feeling that I had seen an entertaining B-movie with some ridiculous scenes that were plenty of fun.
If someone went into The Meg hoping to see Jaws (or heck, even The Shallows), you were going to be disappointed.
The Meg is a big and stupid movie with a lot of action and a giant shark trying to eat people. I was surprised to find that I thought that was enough.
When a group of scientists get stuck down 11,000 feet below the water and are stranded, they had to call for the help of Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) to rescue them. Jonas had been in this situation before and he encountered something mysteriously gigantic that led to him leaving some of the people he was there to rescue behind. Since then he was drinking a lot and out of the water. Since his ex-wife (Jessica McNamee) was among those trapped, Jonas decided to get back in the game.
After the rescue, the scientists realized that they unwittingly released the monstrous Megalodon, the world’s largest shark that was supposed to be extinct. And I guess it was hungry.
I enjoyed Jason Statham here. He was unapologetically playing that 80/90s action hero who is jumping head first into danger. There was one point where I thought that this could have been a role Bruce Willis would have played in his hey day.
After Jonas Taylor, there were very few characters sufficiently developed. There was the love interest (Bingbing Li) who was not just a damsel in distress. She was okay. So was her cute daughter (Shuya Sophia Cai). After that, all the other character were there for comedic lines or to be eaten. I was surprised to see Masi Oka (Hiro from the TV show Heroes) in the movie. I actually said out loud “Hiro” when he showed up.
Is this a great movie? Absolutely not. It is one where you have to approach it with a grain of salt (and maybe a tub of popcorn). I went in expecting this to be bad and I came out entertained. It is a B-level monster movie with all the silliness that goes along with it.