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THE MEG review

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As “The Meg” opens, you quickly learn this isn’t going to be your typical killer-shark movie.  The prologue introduces us to Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham), as a rescue mission goes terribly wrong and he has to make the ultimate decision; leaving behind his friends to save the rest of the group.  A few years later, we find ourselves aboard a drill rig-looking vessel that dives into a beautiful, state-of-the-art research facility many stories below the surface; funded entirely by Morris (Rainn Wilson).  Mana One, as it’s named, has a clear purpose; to investigate the Mariana Trench and see if there is another level of Ocean and unknown species below it.  The research team, consisting of Zhang (Winston Chao), Suyin (Bingbing Li), Mac (Cliff Curtis), Jaxx (Ruby Rose), DJ (Page Kennedy), and Heller (Robert Taylor), believes that the Trench is covered at the bottom by freezing vapors and that is what has kept the two areas separate and hidden.

As the first team of Toshi (Masi Oka), The Wall (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson), and Lori (Jessica McNamee) goes down, they are met with wonder and justification as they see so many new organisms.  However, their trip takes a disastrous turn as they are attacked and left in a life-threatening situation.  With the deepest, most dangerous rescue mission ever attempted on the horizon, the station and its crew most recruit Jonas to save them.  During the rescue, a Megalodon escapes the trench and soon starts wreaking havoc in the Pacific Ocean, over 70 feet long and thought to have been extinct.  After discovering how the Megalodon got through, it all becomes clear that they may be directly responsible for all of the carnage and mayhem it causes.  All of Mana One have one clear new goal: catch The Meg!

As the summer movie season nears its end, “The Meg” could not have been better timed!  This film is almost-two hours of pure popcorn fun!  “The Meg” is filled with plenty of laughter and action, but it’s when the two coincide that the film takes-off!  Outrageously-wild and original, the sequences do nothing but entertain.  There are also a few unforgettable shots throughout the film that are permanently-engraved in my head; they were out-of-this-World!  Part of the film’s success if due to its cast, which are all given their own individual moments to shine.  Statham is clearly embracing the absurdity, Li shares great chemistry and adds her own humor as well, Kennedy owns the one-liners, and Rose continues to make a name for herself.  However, it’s Shuya Sophia Cai’s Meiying that steals the show and will have you laughing with every line of dialogue!  Another thing that makes “The Meg” so much fun is that is never takes itself too seriously, while avoiding the stupidity and annoyance of such offerings like “Sharknado”  The story is filled with interesting detail and multi-dimensional characters that add the needed intrigue and build-up to the roller coaster that comes next.  “The Meg” has a run time of 112 minutes and the film swims smoothly from start to finish, providing laugh after laugh!  While it won’t be campaigning for any Academy Awards, it sure knows how to leave moviegoers grinning from ear-to-ear!

“The Meg” is high-octane, adrenaline-rushing storytelling and the perfect cap to the 2018 Summer movie season!  If you’re looking for a fun time for the whole family, go see “The Meg” this weekend!

 3.5/5

THE MEG is rated PG-13 for action/peril, bloody images and some language, in theaters AUGUST 10TH!

 

 

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