It’s the lean, mean Stath machine!
The Meg, available from Friday 10 May in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 12. Also available in HD.
Ah, good old Jason Statham. You really know where you are with that guy, don’t you? A quick glimpse at his filmography doesn’t show a lot of genre diversity. Even the posters all kind of look the same. Here’s Statham looking into the distance contemplatively. There he is staring straight down the camera lens with a steely gaze. Oh, and of course, he’s holding a gun or in some sort of action pose.
But that’s exactly why you watch a Jason Statham film. You know what you want and you know what you’re getting. Twitter reactions to The Meg all confirmed this suspicion. One user tweeted: “#TheMeg is like the ridiculous love child of Jaws & Jurassic World and they let the Fast & Furious franchise raise it. It’s fun, silly, self-aware, chaotic, and everything it’s supposed to be.” Another posted: “If, like me, ‘Jason Statham Vs. Giant prehistoric shark’ sounds awesome to you, you will not be disappointed.” Ummm… it should sound awesome to every single person with a pulse!
The Meg totally does what it says on the tin, with Statham as retired rescue diver Jonas Taylor hunting down a believed-to-be extinct 75-foot-long prehistoric Megalodon shark. One of Taylor’s lines includes, “Chew on this,” followed by an expletive (naturally) and the film’s taglines include “pleased to eat you” and “opening wide” – so far, so Statham. Just the way we like it!
The Stath was a big part of the action and heist movie resurgence of the 2000s and 2010s. There are action movies and then there are Jason Statham action movies, which are a breed entirely their own. And, as if you even need to ask, he regularly does his own stunts. He even represented England in diving during the 1990 Commonwealth Games, something that undoubtedly served him well for The Meg. Is there anything this man can’t do?!
Before taking a big ol’ shark bite out of The Meg, check out our super-scientific Stath-o-meter. We rank his most riotously ridiculous roles – the ones that we’ll keep coming back to over and over again.
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