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Review: “The Meg” (2018) – ManlyMovie

Review: “The Meg” (2018)

When I first heard that they were making a movie titled “Meg” I thought it was one of those pussy romantic comedies which women make, force & blackmail their men to watch all in the name of spending “Quality Time” together. All the while not realizing that the man they’re with is losing testosterone by every single individual second they’re forced to watch that cinematic garbage.

But when I found out “The Meg” was a movie starring Jason Statham versus a Fucking Shark, I went from thinking I was going to have to fake another stomach flu to “One ticket to “The Meg” Por Favor”.

Here Manly Man Jason Statham plays rescue diver Jonas Taylor who’s mission is to save the crew from a gigantic shark previously thought to be extinct, after the creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific.

Going in to see this film I had not seen too many clips of it nor footage and I was expecting the movie for whatever reason to be bigger in scale. Throughout the movie I was kind of reminded of Renny Harlin’s “Deep Blue Sea” but not in a bad way cause I happen to like “Deep Blue Sea”

I like this song too btw

When you go see a Shark movie you don’t expect it to change your life nor to get a deep fucking message from it. All you want at the end of the day is to get an effective cheesy fun Creature Feature and this movie for me succeeds in doing just that.

Some complaints that this movie received was that it felt like the movie needed more gore and normally I have to say that I would’ve agreed but in this case the shark was so fucking big in size that every human it attacked was just going to get swallowed so logistically the gore was not needed in most cases, at least for me.

Obviously the shark is CGI and it’s not one of Jason Statham’s most brutal efforts but he still does his thing effectively. Jon Turteltaub who directed the late-great John Candy in the great 90s movie “Cool Runnings” is also at the helm here and I think he gets the tone of the picture right, it’s a good mix between suspense and humor.

I did not know that this was a series of novels by the author Steve Alten featuring the many underwater adventures of the character Jonas Taylor. The first book came out in the late 90s and at that moment in time the only “reading” I was doing were articles in magazines such as “Playboy” “Penthouse” and “National Geographic” (Don’t ask).

“The Meg” is an effective Creature Feature, one that must be taken for what it is and enjoyed and I hope Jason Statham gets the reprise his role and do another one cause I happen to like this one.

7/10