The Meg (2018), Dir. Jon Turteltaub

The Meg (2018), Dir. Jon Turteltaub
Meg versus man isn’t a fight... it’s a slaughter.
— Jonas Taylor, The Meg (2018)

Stars: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Cliff Curtis, Shuya Sophia Cai, Page Kennedy, Robert Taylor, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jessica McNamee, Masi Oka.
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Screenplay: James Vanderbilt, Jon Hoeber, Belle Avery, & Erich Hoeber.

Yes to dumb action fun, yes to science that only makes sense in Hollywood, yes to an ensemble cast of characters that only serve the plot and have no depth, yes to having diversity, and yes to having a big fucking shark. Just yes to dumb action fun.

We have our hardboiled deep sea diving rescuer (Jason Statham) who lost his best friend while saving 11 odd people from certain death. He is drinking himself into an early grave while looking beautiful doing it. We have a hyper funded science lab in the middle of the ocean proving a theory that there is more under the deep blue sea. This theory is proven right but this also means that hardboiled deep sea diving rescuers has to go save their asses, including his ex wife.

They unleash The Meg from the bottom of the ocean and it is up to them to save the ocean and beaches from certain demise. Jonas (Statham) reluctantly becomes the hero of the piece but his love interest Suyin Zhang (Li Bingbing) has more of the heart, motivation, and core of the plot. She has a fully fleshed family group with her dad (Winston Chao) and daughter (Shuya Sophia Cai) that she must prove herself too. These two are very strong leads but it is unfortunate that there is no real chemistry between them.

The Meg looks great, the action is insanely entertaining, and it is proving that we can have biggish blockbusters that rely on simple storytelling. We don’t need every film to have depth or connect to a bigger franchise, sometimes we just need a popcorn flick that you can watch in the middle of the afternoon on a Sunday.

★ ★ ★