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A deep-sea submersible-part of an international undersea observation program-has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific...with its crew trapped inside.
Action Sci-Fi Thriller - This is a shark thriller that aims more toward an action film than a
suspense film, owing to the persona of its lead star Jason Statham,
whose fans will definitely be pleased. While gore and bloodshed is
at a minimum, there are many intense scenes with sharks, including
kids in jeopardy, that make the film too intense for young children,
plus there are some violent moments and strong language.
PROFANITY: 3 S-words; 1 GD; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Shark attacks on people and animals with moderate bloodshed at worst. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Brief alcohol. ACTION: Chases, crashes, explosions. COMEDY: Wisecracks; cute kid and animal humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average The Meg takes itself far too seriously. The only amusing elements are Jason Statham's occasional one-liners coupled with his exasperated expressions. The thing that disappointed me the most about The Meg is its flat tone. There's too little tension and not nearly enough suspense.
Roger EbertFull Review Good ...it is little more than a cheesy thriller... The emphasis here is more on goofy action thrills than on gut-crunching scares... ...there are even a couple of moments in which he uses the audience's presumptions to make for some real surprises.
NY PostFull Review Poor ...lacks the terror of Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic and the outlandish humor of "Sharknado.” It's not fun, it's not serious, it's not scary. It is stupid. ...there's no suspense. The shoddy CGI animation looks like a TNT show on a Tuesday...
Rex ReedFull Review Above Average Humor and smooth competence win out over originality. It relies on its charismatic leads, Jason Statham and Li Bingbing, to hold interest rather than waste its efforts on crafting realistic characters. ... The Meg seems to revel in its own shallowness. Fortunately, it offers just enough B-movie visual wit...
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 93 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: Nearly all the kids loved "The Meg."
TEENS: Two males loved it and two enjoyed it very much. All 10 of the ladies loved "The Meg."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Half the males loved it with another 30% indicating they enjoyed it very much. As for the ladies, 5 of the 8 loved it. Another one enjoyed it very much and the remaining 2 rated it "good/average."
ADULTS: The male and female reviews are very similar. About half loved it with another 15%, or so, rating it "above average, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Thirty-percent of the males and twenty-percent of the females rated it "good/average." A small percentage actually disliked it rating it "poor."
A deep-sea submersible-part of an international undersea observation program-has
been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now
lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific...with its crew
trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor
(Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston
Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the
crew-and the ocean itself-from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic
75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is
that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now,
teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save
everyone trapped below...bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and
largest predator of all time.