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The concept and trailers made it look like big, daft fun, and it is big, daft fun. If you watched it expecting anything else, more fool you.
Rather underwelming, flat and bloodless.
At the start of The Meg, I asked myself "who is this Rainn Wilson wannabe?" and it turned out to be Rainn Wilson. Did not foreshadow a good result - and indeed the lame-brain humor is the worst part of the flick - but while the movie is never completely all-in with anything it does, it's still relatively fun. It could have been more ambitious, as I do like its initial SF premise. The idea of a second bottom to the ocean's deepest trenches is well executed, but of course, it's all got to be in service of a creature feature - essentially one of those Sharknado-type movies with an actual budget and recognizable stars - so we quickly leave the intriguing premise behind to watch a large cast get whittled down until it's Jason Statham vs. Giant Shark, and that's exactly what you paid for. I do like that other characters get to be heroic, even share in the action (I like Li Bingbing in this, though she's obviously there so China can foot part of the bill), but again, eventually, everybody but Statham is a damsel in distress. So what I really need from the movie then is to be ridiculously over the top, and it definitely has those moments and several memorable images. I, for one, was satisfied with that aspect of it, even if The Meg never really escapes its DNA. At least it leans into the tropes. Another film might have just focused on the initial rescue mission, or just the hunt for the prehistoric fish, or just the beach attack, but The Meg does it all, stealing liberally from every other shark movie, but giving it its own effects-heavy spin. And that's fine. Set brain to off and take the dive.
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This movie ranks #197 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Worldwide Box Office
This movie ranks #890 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office