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The Meg (2018)

PG-13 | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 August 2018 (USA)
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A group of scientists exploring the Marianas Trench encounter the largest marine predator that has ever existed - the Megalodon.

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Jon Turteltaub

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Dean Georgaris (screenplay by), Jon Hoeber (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Statham ... Jonas Taylor
Bingbing Li ... Suyin (as Li Bingbing)
Rainn Wilson ... Morris
Cliff Curtis ... Mac
Winston Chao ... Zhang
Shuya Sophia Cai ... Meiying (as Sophia Cai)
Ruby Rose ... Jaxx
Page Kennedy ... DJ
Robert Taylor ... Heller
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson ... The Wall
Jessica McNamee ... Lori
Masi Oka ... Toshi
Raymond Vinten Raymond Vinten ... Dive Control Technician
Hongmei Mai ... Mother (as Mai Hongmei)
Wei Yi Wei Yi ... Awesome Kid on Beach
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Storyline

Five years ago, expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor encountered an unknown danger in the unexplored recesses of the Mariana Trench that forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew. Though the tragic incident earned him a dismissal from service, what ultimately cost him his career, his marriage and any semblance of honor was his unsupported and incredulous claims of what caused it - an attack on his vessel by a mammoth, 70-foot sea creature, believed to be extinct for more than a million years. But when a submersible lies sunk and disabled at the bottom of the ocean - carrying his ex-wife among the team onboard - he is the one who gets the call. Whether a shot at redemption or a suicide mission, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life and the lives of everyone trapped below on a single question: Could the Carcharodon Megalodon - the largest marine predator that ever existed - still be alive - and on the hunt? Written by Warner Brothers

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Where The Meg Comes To Life See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action/peril, bloody images and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | China

Language:

English | Mandarin | Thai | Japanese

Release Date:

10 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,402,195, 12 August 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$145,443,742, 1 November 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$530,243,742
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Sonics-DDP | Auro 11.1 | DTS (DTS: X)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The scene with the giant squid could be an allusion to The Beast, a novel written by Peter Benchley, who also wrote Jaws (1975). See more »

Goofs

An on-screen caption indicates that the Mana One research facility is 200 miles off the coast of China. It is also built above the Mariana Trench, at the bottom of which is the hidden sea where the meg lives. The Mariana Trench is actually off the coast of Guam in the central Pacific, nearly 3000 miles from mainland China. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jonas Taylor: [on radio] Look at the sonar. Let me know what you find.
D'Angelo: So far nothing new, my friend. It just keeps getting worse.
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Crazy Credits

The foreign language version of the song "Mickey" which appeared earlier in the film plays over the credits. See more »

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References Finding Nemo (2003) See more »

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Do Something Crazy (Good Vibes Only)
Written by Outasight (as Richard Andrew Conte), Shiben Bhattacharya and Cook Classics (as William Lobban-Bean)
Performed by Outasight
Courtesy of RPM MSC
By arrangement with The Greater Goods, LLC
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A very forgettable summer blockbuster
9 August 2018 | by ChrisMartinez_See all my reviews

While this film is very enjoyable; unfortunately, The Meg (2018) is a throwaway summer blockbuster and mediocre at best. The film's lack of character development, along with less than stellar performances by the majority of the cast, ultimately hindered my ability to feel any remorse or sympathy for certain characters, nor did I develop any emotional connection with characters. Not all is grim; luckily, the film's lead, Jason Statham, delivered a very pleasant performance. Statham carried the film from the opening scene, all the way through until the end credits. Statham was a charismatic badass and stole every scene in which he was physically present, and without him, the film would have failed. And besides Shuya Sophia Cai's adorable Meiying, this is where the praise for performances end. Li Bingbing's addition was an obvious attempt to appeal to the foreign audience, and the rest of the supporting cast gave forgettable performances. It was plainly obvious certain characters were written for the sole purpose of having an action scene transpire by making costly decisions or for plot convenience. From a technical standpoint, The Meg (2018) was a fest for the eyes; the CGI and special effects were very crisp and believable, except for a shot near the end of the film involving the meg itself and Statum. The sound design was great, as it really brought the extinct titanic meg to life. The final positive of the film was it's consistent pacing; there were small amounts of the extended expedition, which ultimatly hurt the film's character development, and plenty of intense shark action. In conclusion, The Meg is nothing more of a shallow plot strung together with cool shark action scenes and unnecessary, poorly written characters. I would not recommend this film, especially after considering the fact that other, more enjoyable summer films, such as Mission Impossible: Fallout or even the lighthearted Teen Titans Go to the Movies, are other options for a trip to the movies.


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