The Meg

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The Meg sets audiences up for a good old-fashioned B-movie creature feature, but lacks the genre thrills -- or the cheesy bite -- to make it worth diving in.

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A deep-sea submersible--part of an international undersea observation program--has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific... with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew--and the ocean itself--from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below.

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Critic Reviews for The Meg

All Critics (288) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (132) | Rotten (156)

  • There's some corniness that's apart of this film, there are some cheesy lines, but Statham sells it all.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Asks little more of you than to strap in, put away your phone and enjoy watching a freakishly huge prehistoric eating machine terrorize some scientists before it turns its appetite to a beach full of frolickers on floaties.

    Aug 28, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

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  • The one genuine shock is that it takes Statham as long as 44 minutes to remove his shirt and flash his pecs.

    Aug 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • If there's any sense of menace in The Meg, it lies in the prospect that many more such films may be on the way. All that said, I hope there are bigger opportunities in store for whoever edited the trailer.

    Aug 15, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film delivers on that silly-stupid-summer-fun promise, while also exceeding expectations in terms of action and set-pieces

    Aug 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/4
  • There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.

    Aug 13, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • Jul 08, 2019
    Don't think about the plot holes, the uneven acting or just how implausible the whole thing is. Just lay the butter on the popcorn and enjoy.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2019
    If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2019
    Jason Statham takes on a Megalodon in the fun and exciting B-movie The Meg. While exploring a trench in the China Sea a group of researchers accidentally release a prehistoric shark known as a megalodon, which then attacks the research station and begins to feed. Statham is in top form, doing some incredible action scenes, and delivering some good comedy bits. And the special effects are quite impressive, though there are a few cheesy CGI shots. Still, the set and creature designs are pretty cool, with a kind of retro sci-fi look. Also, the score does a great job at heightening the suspense and intensity of the shark attacks. Extraordinarily entertaining, The Meg is a thrilling adventure into the darkest reaches if the sea.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2018
    A very basic monster movie that begins fun enough but then quickly overstays its welcome, becoming big and clumsy like a Megalodon while lacking in tension, thrills or anything to hold our attention for more than an hour as things start to get repetitious, lame and purely boring.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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