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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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They went to hell to build the world's largest aquarium...now they're going even further to stock it. They'll need a bigger boat...MUCH bigger. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | China

Language:

English | Mandarin | Thai | Japanese

Release Date:

10 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Meg See more »

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

Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The megalodon might be gigantic and has too thick of a hide for the bullets to pierce, but it's still startled and backs off when shot. See more »

Goofs

At one point Jonas threatens Heller stating that, since they're in international waters, he can assault him and get away with it. This is a common misconception. International waters are not lawless. Ships and ocean-based structures fall under the jurisdiction of and are subject to the laws of the country in which they are registered. Jonas would be held accountable for any crime committed at the research station the same way as if he committed it in the United States (assuming that's where it was registered.) 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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The opening Warner Bros. logo is seen submerged in water. See more »


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I Love You
Written by David Tao Zhe/Delphine Chin (as Wa Wa)
Performed by David Tao
Courtesy of Warner Music Taiwan
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Mostly a Mega-Disappointment
13 August 2018 | by Jared_AndrewsSee all my reviews

There's a scene during The Meg when I expected a character to say, "you're gonna need a bigger boat." Sadly, no one does. So, in a story that's so clearly reminiscent of Jaws, an opportunity for a moment of self-aware fun is wasted. It's emblematic of the entire movie - all the pieces are in place for something entertaining to occur, but the payoff never comes.

The Meg has all the ingredients needed for a summer blockbuster and then some. It features a megalodon, a 90-foot-long prehistoric mega-shark that also happens to be one of the most perfectly named animals ever, Jason Statham, one of the marquee action movie stars of our time, and Rainn Wilson, who gave us one of the funniest television characters of the past 20 years: Dwight Schrute on The Office.

Take my money now. As Renee Zellweger says in Jerry Maguire, "you had me at mega-shark."

Boasting this embarrassment of riches, the movie practically screams FUN. With all these assets at their disposal, it's easy to envision filmmakers bringing to life this concept's illustrious potential on the big screen. There could be actors hamming it up in a stupendously silly summer epic flooded with ridiculous one-liners and "are they really doing this?" moments. It could be glorious.

There's just one problem: that's not what this movie is. Rather than lean into the absurdity and have a little fun, The Meg tries to sell a story about a tortured man of the sea who is now seeking revenge on the animal that attacked him (no, Herman Melville did not receive a screenwriting credit). The story is not affecting enough to elicit any noteworthy emotional responses, it's not smart enough to be scientifically sound and it's not over-the-top enough to reach a level of pure popcorn entertainment. Everything comes up short. Instead of a towering tidal wave, it brings only a gentle rolling tide. Jason Statham plays the revenge-seeking seaman named Captain Ahab, erm, I mean, Jonas Taylor. After he was called crazy for believing that a giant unseen animal attacked his underwater vessel, he's summoned back into action by billionaire doofus, Morris (Wilson), who funds a deep-sea research facility. Morris needs Jonas to save his team of researchers, who are currently stranded at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, where they hoped to discover hidden marine life.

The megalodon, or as his friends call him, the meg, eventually emerges from the depths and wreaks havoc on the facility and all sorts of fancy exploration vehicles because, apparently, megalodons love the taste of metal. The meg later swaggers his way over to Sanya Bay in China, where he can capture local swimmers and the film's producers can capture the foreign movie-viewing market.

It takes 90 minutes of unnecessary scientific exposition to reach an enjoyable stretch. The plot revolves around a 90-foot prehistoric shark reappearing in 2018 - there's no reason to attempt to make any of this seem plausible. In addition to the superfluous fake science scenes, there's an insufferable amount of undeserved emotionality. Again, this story should focus on the giant shark, not half-hearted romances and pseudo-dramatic deaths. The eye-roll-worthy sentimentality clashes with the adjacent raucous action and silly jokes (yes, there are some of those, just not nearly enough). Weepy drama has no place here. This should be a zero-tears movie.

It's hard to tell exactly what the filmmakers were going for; the goal should have been so obvious, but there's clearly uncertainty, which explains why the tone is so uneven. The result is a mixed bag with too much emphasis on the wrong elements. It's not quite a mega-disappointment, but it's definitely a missed opportunity.


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