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The Meg Review

  • Sagarika Patnaik

    Sagarika Patnaik (468 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - September 27, 2018 2:02 PM IST
    2.8DM (2782 ratings)
    The MegWatch trailerRelease date : August 10, 2018

    Set two hundred miles off the coast of China, The Meg follows diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) as he is recruited to rescue a team of marine scientists who have discovered a new, deeper than ever ocean summit, but encountered more trouble than they could ever have imagined when they unearth a megalodon, a prehistoric shark that makes Jaws look like a flipping kitten. The narrative proceeds in exactly the way that you would expect. There is some cheesy comedy, some big boy action scenes, some generic heroics, some double crosses, some twists, a forced protagonist romance and plenty of character stereotypes, but here’s the thing, nobody in the world is coming to watch The Meg for nuanced drama and subtle metaphor. For a film with a poster like that, The Meg actually shows a pleasant amount of restraint with a much slower and tenser reveal of its monster than one might expect. Let me be clear, this is no Hitchcockian masterpiece of suspense. Once things get going, they go pretty hard and pretty fast, but I was fairly impressed to pick up on a very slight and temporary homage to the ‘what you don’t see is scarier than you do see’ technique of something like Jaws. It’s an action-thriller about a GREAT BIG shark that swims around taking out caricatures one by one. In many ways, The Meg feels like this generation’s Deep Blue Sea. If there is anything to acutely pick on, it would have to be the at times incredibly cheesy and cringe worthy dialogue. Overall, The Meg is dumb fun, but perhaps not even enough fun to make it full circle enjoyable.

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