Review by Lauryn Angel
I love shark movies. Once you get past Jaws (one of my all-time favorite movies), shark movies are usually pretty ridiculous and cheesy – hilariously bad (Sharknado, anyone?). So, with The Meg, I figured I was in for another so-bad-its-great cheese-fest.
I’m happy to say that I was wrong.
Of course there were groan-inducing lines of dialogue, like, “It’s a great day to go fishing.” On the whole, though, the movie had a solid story, with great performances and plenty of Man vs. Shark scenes. The Meg is closer to Jaws than it is to Deep Blue Sea on the shark movie scale. It has plenty of action-movie tropes, like the hero Jonas Taylor (Jasan Statham) haunted by a past tragedy, and the billionaire who is more worried about profit than the well-being of the crew (played by Rainn Wilson). But director Jon Turteltaub manages to just skirt the clichés and deliver a fun movie.
Will The Meg be the next Jaws? Unlikely. But it’s a great movie to bid good-bye to summer as the start of a new school-year is around the corner for most of the film’s target audience. You won’t really want to go to the beach after watching it anyway.