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The Meg (2018)

PG-13 | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 August 2018 (USA)
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After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.

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Jon Turteltaub

Writers:

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 dishonorable discharge, 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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Official Sites:

Facebook | Official Site

Country:

China | USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$530,243,742
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Dolby Atmos | Sonics-DDP | Auro 11.1 | DTS (DTS: X)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The supposed megalodon teeth dated to just before the ice ages found by the HMS Challenger are now believed to be much older, but a mineral coating around the fossils slowed their decomposition so that they appeared fresher than they really were. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Taylor and crew first come upon the wreckage of the shark finning boat, you can see dead sharks with their fins removed floating among the wreckage. Sharks are negatively buoyant and without their fins sink straight to the bottom {or would have been gobbled up by the Meg). 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 title is the first thing to appear on screen following the opening production company logos. 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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A satisfactory B-movie that never bores its audience
15 November 2018 | by MrDHWongSee all my reviews

The Meg is an action thriller movie based on the book "Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror" by Steve Alten. Starring Jason Statham and directed by Jon Turteltaub (Cool Runnings, National Treasure), it is a satisfactory B-movie that never bores its audience.

Five years after surviving an attack from what he claimed to be a giant prehistoric shark, Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a group of scientists to help rescue some of their trapped members from a sunken submarine. Upon discovering them at the bottom of the ocean, Jonas realises his claims were correct, as a 75 foot Megalodon shark, previously thought to be extinct, was responsible for the unfortunate fate of the scientists in their submersible.

Fast paced and self aware, The Meg is fun popcorn entertainment that rarely wanes in its enjoyment factor. The plot is of course incredibly farfetched and silly but it does manage to elevate itself above the usual killer shark shlock like the Sharknado films and Deep Blue Sea. Thankfully, the film's main characters are given some decent development so that they are not simply chum for the shark to eat. Jason Statham once again plays himself - the tough British action hero, and naturally that's where most of the film's fun comes from. One noticeable gripe I had with this film was that it seems to have been tailored to meet the demands of Chinese audiences, likely to bring in a bigger box office draw. There were times where the film was emphasising Chinese settings that had little to no bearing on the plot. This became distracting at times and could have been edited out without changing too much of the film's narrative flow. Overall, The Meg is still a reasonable time passer if killer shark movies are one's guilty pleasure.

I rate it 6/10


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