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I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
Published August 16th 2018
JAWS meets Jurassic Park and The Meg is born
Sponsored by billionaire Jack Morris (Rainn Wilson), a group of scientist have built a state of the art research station in the Pacific Ocean. Dr Zhang (Winston Chao) leads the research with his daughter Li (Suyin Zhang) in this idyllic setting - whales visit regularly and Li's daughter, Meiying (Shuya Sophia Cai), roams the underwater tunnels charming everyone.

Life changes when the group decide to penetrate the mystic veil (or for the technical amongst you - thermocline) which has been mistakenly identified as the ocean floor. The exploratory submarine, sent beneath the veil, comes under attack and Lori (Jessica McNamee), Toshi (Masi Oka) and The Wall (ólafur darri ólafsson) face imminent death. Thankfully, Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is a bad-ass action hero, who reluctantly agrees to save the day. So begins the epic face-off, man vs. a 75-foot-long (23m) megalodon shark, affectionately known as The Meg.

Given that plot, this film is exactly what you would expect. JAWS on steroids with a healthy dash of Jurassic Park thrown in. I mean if sharks are scary, freaking big sharks are mega-scary! The action scenes were spectacularly over-the-top; water skiing behind a 75-foot-long, man-eating beast... really!

The big question is, did I enjoy it? Well, with a touch of embarrassment, I must admit to having a great time. Why? Basically, I went with the right people. That is, a bunch of irreverent young men who found the whole thing hilarious and dragged the rest of the audience from one laugh-out-loud moment to the next.

Don't get me wrong, if you are looking forward to a good fright, just take your more serious friends along. There are plenty of tension-building near escapes, dramatically heroic self-sacrifices, and Jonas (Statham) is all too willing to take ridiculous risks to save the girl. Director Jon Turteltaub didn't hold back much on the violence, rated PG-13, this is not a movie for young children.

If you still hear, "dump, dump, dump, dump, diiidooooon" (that is the JAWS theme song, if you didn't guess) every time you go near the ocean, this is not the movie for you. Otherwise, grab some friends with a wicked sense of humour and run along. I do think this is one for the big screen - I mean a 75-foot-long megalodon, needs an appropriate screen size to weave its magic.
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