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MEG, THE

SYNOPSIS:
After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.

Review by Louise Keller:
Take a friend to hang onto: there are scares galore in this good old-fashioned B movie that delivers exactly what it promises. I had a great time watching this schlock-horror creature feature in which Jason Statham battles the world's largest shark; the Megalodon. Or The Meg. Based on the novel by Steve Alien, the plot is by the numbers as it draws the heroic protagonist back to the water after a catastrophic accident. Peppered with cheesy dialogue ('there's something out there'; 'this isn't good'; 'I'm going to make this thing bleed'), the film is scary, funny and thrilling with Statham in fine form, displaying an appealing twinkle in his eye.

Not being a shark expert, I looked up Megalodon, to find it means 'big tooth' and is a shark species that apparently became extinct a couple of million years ago. But you don't have to be a shark expert to get into the spirit - or the jaws - of this fun popcorn flick. You know the body count will rise - it's just a matter of who and when. And it doesn't disappoint.

The push pull relationship between Li's Suyin and Statham's Jonas Taylor is delightful, propelled by the cuteness of Suyin's young daughter Meiying (Shuya Sophia Cai), whose reactions are natural and spontaneous. Director Jon Turteltaub (Cool Runnings) incorporates plenty of twists and turns in the plotline that includes shark cages, water walking balls and a Pekinese called Pippin, when you least expect it. The music cues alert us; the cinematography above and below water immerses us; the action keeps us enthralled. As for Statham: 'He looks heroic... but he's kinda got a negative attitude'.

Ah yes. That's the kind of movie it is! Love it.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

MEG, THE (M)
(US, China, 2018)

CAST: Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis,Winston Chao, Shuya Sophia Cal, Ruby Rose, PageKennedy

PRODUCER: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Colin Wilson

DIRECTOR: Jon Turteltaub

SCRIPT: Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, Erich However (based on the novel 'Meg' by Steve Alien)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tom Stern

EDITOR: Steven Kemper, Kelly Matsumoto

MUSIC: Harry Gregson-Williams

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Grant Major

RUNNING TIME: 113 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 16, 2018







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