Jason Statham and a giant shark collide. The results are – brilliantly – exactly what you’d expect…
It might seem like an idea pulled directly from Alan Partridge’s compendium of TV pitch ideas, alongside Monkey Tennis and Youth-Hostelling With Chris Eubank: Jason Statham versus a prehistoric megashark. Let those words roll around your brain for a second. Jason Statham. Versus. A prehistoric megashark. You’re smiling, aren’t you?
That’s because The Meg is up there with the greatest cinematic concepts of all time. The Stath plays deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor. After a mission goes badly wrong, Jonas is blamed despite his protests that the disaster was caused by a giant sea creature – something that is waved away as pressure-induced psychosis. Big mistake, guys…
Five years on, shifty billionaire Jack Morris (Rainn Wilson from the US The Office) has funded an underwater research facility to explore the deepest parts of the Mariana Trench. But when a submersible (like those ones in Attenborough’s Blue Planet II) loses contact with the base after being struck by a mysterious and very large object, there’s only one person to call.
This is a film in which Statham yells “chew on this” at the shark – a 75ft-long Megalodon – so don’t go in expecting nuance about underwater life with a message about reducing single-use plastics. What you will get is classic monster-movie thrills and spills, with enough bombastic action and one-liners to make you wish they’d remake the first Die Hard under the sea.
Until that day, The Meg will once again make us a little bit scared to get into the water…
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