Run time: 113 mins
Jason vs Jaws? Stathe vs Shark? The Meg does exactly what it says on the tin; it’s meat and potatoes, B-movie schlock; one that came with a $150 million price tag, that’s all.
The Meg sees a team of scientists based in the Mariana Trench attempting to uncover the mysteries of the deep. In doing so, they accidentally unleash a 75-foot prehistoric behemoth (a Megalodon). The only man capable of stopping said shark is Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) a gruff rescue diver exiled to Thailand following a botched mission. “I don’t dive anymore,” he grimaces when the team try and recruit him. But it doesn’t take much to change his mind. This mega shark then unleashes a series of attacks off the coast of China – because that’s a lucrative market for box office profit nowadays – and it’s up to the Stathe and his harpoon to save the day.
Due to a strict 12A cert, we’re denied chomped limbs and oceans of blood (at least kids won’t be traumatised) so his shark tale has a distinct lack of bite. What it does have is buckets of silliness well worth a dive. (Jack Whiting) Bring your own spade.