Shark thriller movies were first critically recognized after the release of the 1975 masterpiece Jaws. Since then the genre has become a Hollywood favorite among audiences of cinema. Some honorable mentions are The Shallows and 47 Meters Down. While films like these may not be legendary by Hollywood standards (Jaws being the exception), they certainly make for great times at the movies. That being said, films like these are looked down upon for often being impractical in their presentation. If people are expecting to find realism in a film about unusually large sharks menacingly perusing helpless swimmers and sailors on boats they can easily turn over, they are looking for it in the wrong kind of film. Visually this movie is stunning. Megalodon himself is larger than life to the point where he can't fit in the entire projection screen. It's direction and cinematography deserve recognition for the results are jaw dropping, or in Megalodon's case jaw crunching. Like all shark thrillers, this film's suspenseful entertainment value is primarily what it has going for it. Where it unfortunately lacks in introducing a cast of strong characters, it succeeds with providing audiences with enough jump scares and terrifying action sequences to satisfy their expectations. To repeat, any audience viewers hoping to find realism in The Meg's story, action, character decisions or the resolution for that matter, look for it somewhere else. Realism will never exist in these types of creature horror films. Go watch The Meg with a positive state of mind, shut the brain off, enjoy what good it has to offer and remember what all the people involved in the project intended for it to be from the beginning which is a fun, exciting man vs. prehistoric beast flick that may leave beach visitors and boat travelers hesitant about going back out into the ocean again.
From its uninspired opening scene, to its abysmal dialogue and low production value, this movie is total crap. While I appreciate using more Asian actors in films, the delivery of lines was awful. It seemed to me they were delivering several of the lines phonetically- emotionless acting.
The plot was boring and predictable- even for a shark movie, and the nods to Jaws were a complete embarrassment. Do not attempt to pay homage to a complete classic with this piece of garbage.
I'm horrified at myself for going, and can only hope this review will help others to STAY AWAY!!
Jason Statham you owe me $$$!!!