The Meg Movie Review: Gone off the deep end

Aug 11, 2018, 08:50 IST | Johnson Thomas

The Meg, as a lone survivor from a different age, certainly deserved some empathy here — which is never forthcoming.

The Meg Movie Review: Gone off the deep end
The Meg

The Meg
U/A: Action horror
Diretor: Jon Turteltaub
Cast: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Ruby Rose
Rating: Rating

The Meg is a largely sedentary Jason Statham vehicle. This Hollywood-Chinese co-production about an international team trying to prevent a giant prehistoric shark stalking a research sub, captained by Jonas' ex-wife Lori (Jessica McNamee), is far more interested in resurrecting Statham's swimming career than in creating effective plot points for an action bonanza.

The expectation of getting a Jaws meets The Abyss experience goes up in the air with this kitschy adaptation of Steve Alten's 1997 novel. The pop-cinema references are inevitable, but they are thrown at you at a frequency that makes it seem inorganic and fake. The lack of tension and inconsistent tempo fail the experience.

The Meg, as a lone survivor from a different age, certainly deserved some empathy here — which is never forthcoming. In the film, the Meg is a villain and vanquishing it comes across as the only objective. The film lacks character, the indistinguishably internationalised plot has little to offer. Much of it feels computer generated. To sum it up — larger is definitely not daunting, here, and that's a pity!

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