Movie Review-The Meg
THE MEG is $150 million special effects feast! The story is pretty basic; it's a man, named Jonas Taylor (played by Jason Statham), against a 70-foot pre-historic shark. Jonas has a history with THE MEG. Several years previously he lost most of the crew on a project he was working on and his "big fish story" got him the reputation of being a crazy man. However, when a deep-sea exploration project traps the crew deep under the ocean, Jonas is the person they call.
While rescuing the crew from the frigid deep waters he opens up a path to shallower warmer water that a megalodon (or two) can swim up through. The megalodon was the largest animal to ever inhabit the oceans of the earth and the movie does a good job using the science with a good storyline of what could happen if an animal like THE MEG could still exist.
While Stratham almost carries this entire movie on his shoulders there is a little bit of a love story with Stratham and a fellow crew member, single mother Suyin (actress BingBing Li), and to add a little extra cuteness her eight year old daughter is played by Shuya Sophia Cai who fans the flames of romance between her mom and Jonas.
The movie is filled with excitement. It's a simple plot, but a fun one none the less. I enjoyed the thrill ride of the giant megalodon trying to feed on everything in its path and Stratham's attempts to kill it. The end of the movie begs for a MEG 2. The movie is rated PG-13 and last for an action filled 1 hour and 53 minutes. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" THE MEG rates a LARGE.