Okay, I’m not going to lie. This is basically just another rehash of Steven Spielberg’s movie Jaws, only the shark is ten times larger. I’m not saying it’s a bad movie, although at times the meg was clearly CGI, but I did have a bit of a fun time watching it. Its action packed, adrenaline fuelling, it’s got several funny one-liners and I did jump out of my seat a couple of times. But only because I’m terrified of the ocean.
Now I can actually get behind the premise of this movie. Let’s face it, there are species that we all thought were extinct for millions of years being rediscovered all the time. So why not assume given the right eco system that the biggest shark in history could still exist right?
I mean there are claims that megalodon have been spotted here and there. YouTube has video after video on the subject. Yes some are obviously fake, but you have to wonder if the meg is actually still out there. (This is why I don’t go into the water people).
Now Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is a character I can really get behind in this. He’s tough, quick witted and one to leap into danger to prevent others from dying. Well, obviously as he is the hero of the story. Infact I really want to sit down and have a beer with this fella.
As for the character Zhang Suyin (Bingbing Li) – I did find her quite irritating at times. She seems too quick to judge, especially when it comes to Jason Statham’s character. She does things without thinking howthe outcome will affect her father and daughter played by Winston Chao and Shuya Sophia Cai. But, you can tell she has a good heart and will do anything to protect the ones she loves… but still quite irritating. She can be quite funny though.
One other face you will recognise in this film is Ryan Wilson who plays the multi billionaire Morris. This character is the founder/bankroll for the aquatic laboratory that is featured in this flick. He’s also a bit of a sleazeball but, what else can you expect from Ryan right. Plus with a supporting cast such as Cliff Curtis, Ruby Rose, Masi Oka, Jessica McNamee and Page Kennedy, this was a fun end of summer blockbuster.
However I have to give this a 7/10 but please don’t let that discourage you from seeing it.
Thanks for reading film fans!