Release year: 2018
Director: Jon Turtletaub
Screenwriter: Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, Eric Hoeber
Starring: Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao, Shuya Sophia Cai, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy
A group of scientists suspects they have encountered the largest marine predator ever existed, the Megalodon, and contact expert sea diver Jonas Taylor (Statham), the only one who has survived meeting the monster.
Is bigger better? Depends. There is no way this action movie lives up to the standard of Jaws (1975), which is easily still the best shark movie around, but the giant, and I mean giant shark, is impressive and the scenes where we see the cast up against it works well. Statham (The Transporter, 2002) delivers what you expect from him and puts full use of his past as a world class diver. Most of all a juicy B-movie, but a wonderful one with tongue-in-cheek humour, a good cast and great special effects.
“When we modeled the Meg using correct shark proportions, it looked too sleek and thin, with a too-small dorsal fin,” comments visual effects supervisor Adrian De Wet. “So we had to adjust proportions to Jon Turteltaub‘s taste, which meant a fatter shark, with smaller eyes and a larger dorsal fin. There were many iterations of the Meg body shape, from long and sleek to shorter and fatter. Too much of a bulbous shape destroys scale and makes it look like a tuna fish or a giant guppy. Too lean and sleek makes it take on the appearance of an eel.”
Picture copyrights: Warner home Video