It’s only tradition that every summer there needs to be the release of a ridiculous shark movie. Ever since Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece “Jaws”, production companies beg filmmakers to make action thrillers starring a shark as the main villain. They’re huge moneymakers, but sometimes their quality isn’t all that its built up to be. In recent years we got shark movies like “47 Meters Down” and “Sharknado”. They’re fun without a doubt, but how long will it take for the giant shark genre to hit rock bottom?
This summer, we received “The Meg” a movie about, as you can guess, a giant shark. Only this time, it’s bigger. The scientific name of the species of shark is Megaladon, a shark that can swallow many people at once in the single bite. When a team of scientists decide to dig deeper into the ocean, they open up a path for the prehistoric Megaladons to venture up, closer to human life. Now, it’s up to that team of scientists to fight the sharks as best they can. Although, it’s really only Jason Statham’s character who does anything noteworthy.
Statham plays Jonas Taylor, who once escaped the seventy-foot shark. He swore he would never return to the ocean, that is until he discovers that his ex-wife is trapped in the depths of the ocean being threatened by the presence of the Meg. That’s how Jonas gets into all the rest of the toothy business that continues from there. “The Meg” has a simple plot, but if you want some shark action and desire to see Jason Statham being Jason Statham, then this movie is for you.
What may drive more viewers to the theaters for this one, is Rainn Wilson, the star of the hit sitcom “The Office”. Be aware though, he isn’t at all like Dwight in “The Meg”. Wilson’s character goes through a bizarre turn that doesn’t seem to fit well with the rest of the movie, so if you’re seeing the movie for him, you may want to reconsider.
The shark action is plentiful but lacks some of the elements that make these types of films more enjoyable. Due to the poorly written screenplay, it’s difficult to care about any of the characters. The film also attempts to throw in a bizarre love triangle in the mix and it feels just as awkward as the movie’s premise. With more intriguing characters and better performances, “The Meg” would have stood a chance as one of the better shark films. Unfortunately, we got another average one, but one that still manages to entertain.
“The Meg” has plenty for audiences to laugh at, mostly its ridiculous shark sequences. Each action sequence gets more ridiculous than the last, that by the time the movie is almost towards the end of its runtime, you’ll be laughing at the movie whether you’re having a good time or not. Ultimately though, “The Meg” lacks what makes films like “Jaws” so great. The film needs more layered characters, a much more intriguing story, and even more chomp.
Rated PG-13 for action/peril, bloody images and some language