Based on the series of novels by author Steve Alten, The Meg follows the rampage of a gigantic prehistoric shark. The Film by director Jon Turteltaub stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis. A group of scientists who encounter a 75-foot-long (23 m) megalodon shark while on a rescue mission at the floor of the Pacific Ocean must find a way to stop it before it reaches populated waters.
The film is a cheese-fest. And that’s not bad. Despite clunky dialogue and jokes that miss more than hit, the film overall is a fun film. Statham carries the film on his charm and charisma.
One has to wonder though how the original R-rated version of The Meg directed by Eli Roth would have been like. Late into production, even after Roth left the project, Turteltaub was still aiming for a bloody R-rating, even pre-viz CGI was created for some very memorable deaths. Until the studio (Warner Bros) demanded the film be a more friendly PG-13.
The film does have a decent body count but the kills are very neutered, even the deaths of various CGI sea life are tame.
For that, HipsterZOMBIEJoint gives The MEG a disappointing 6 out of 10. Hopefully, a sequel or unrated version will give us the bloody Megladon film we deserve.