Once I heard about The Meg, I was excited. Jaws but huge? No matter how bad it was, I was sure I'd find some enjoyment in it and my expectations were pretty much fulfilled.
The Meg fell into the problem many creature-features do, where they play up the mystery of what the creature is. A troupe that I find annoying, especially when all the press, trailers, and poster feature the monster you are expecting. Jurassic Park had a Raptor in the opening scene because it was a movie about dinosaurs. The Meg spends the first quarter of the film dodging the camera and hiding in the shadows... We know is a giant shark! Show us the giant shark!
Now once the beast appears, they don't waste time highlighting it swimming around and tearing stuff up, for that I am grateful. The science behind where it was hiding all these eons is explained, logically and well thought out. I was surprised, as I simply expected a high budget SciFy movie and I was doubley shocked to find out The Meg is based on a book! A well received book at that AND the movie was in developmental hell, thanks in part to Deep Blue Sea, AND at one time had Guillermo del Toro at the helm! Holy Crap!
What we got instead was an action packed(-ish), horror film with a non-karate Jason Statham (nice change of pace for him) directed by National Treasure's Jon Turtletaub. Also filling the cast was, one of my personal favorites, Cliff Curtis who went terribly underused, Rainn Wilson who was really quite good, Ruby Rose, BingBing Li, Heroes' Masi Oka, and a bunch of other who all at one point or another fall into the water with the megalodon.
This is far from the worst shark movie but it's nowhere near the best but it is a fun shark movie. I won't ruin the ending, obviously, but I will say felt the climax was somewhat lackluster and left me wanting more. Maybe an explosion in it's mouth or something... I guess that would be too much of a copy and paste, huh?
5 BEST SHARK MOVIES
2) THE SHALLOWS
3) OPEN WATER
4) 47 METERS DOWN
5) THE MEG