'The Meg' Review

Updated on April 4, 2019

The Meg is a 2018 science fiction action film directed by Jon Turteltaub with a screenplay by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber, loosely based on the 1997 book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten. The film stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis.

Previously thought to be extinct, a massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific. With time running out, a visionary oceanographer recruits rescue diver Jonas Taylor to save the crew and the sea itself from an unimaginable threat a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.


The Meg was just as ridiculous as I thought it would be. This was a dumb, fun film that I really enjoyed.

There's Jason Statham being Jason Statham. There's a huge shark and a ridiculous concept as well as the bad, cheesy one liners and the bad clichés every film in this genre has.

The Meg, for the most part, never took itself too serious. In my opinion, it ended up being a nice, fun B action flick that I enjoyed. This film was not perfect (far from it), and I wouldn't even call it a good film. However, this film had that bad, careless fun that I've come to enjoy.

Again, The Meg isn't perfect, great, or even good. It is bad at times, but as a whole, I found myself laughing both intentionally and unintentionally throughout this film. In the end, I thought it was a bad but enjoyable throwaway film.


I thought the acting was solid. Jason Statham was being Jason Statham. I really enjoyed him in this film. I don't know why but every time he said one of those bad and cheesy one-liners, I couldn't help but smile.

I also really enjoyed the little girl. She was my favorite character and I thought the actress did fine. Other than that, I wouldn't say there was any real standouts.

One problem I did have was with Ruby Rose. She did a fine job acting when she actually got screen time. I knew she was in the film, but halfway through I thought maybe she played the shark because her character didn't really have anything to do other than say a word or two for the first half of the film. Even though she gets a lot more screentime in the second half, she's still pretty much forgotten.

Other than that, I would say the acting was solid. It's not great, but it fits perfectly in this film.


The plot it basically that a big shark attacks everyone. It's done in such a dumb and carefree way that it comes across as dumb fun. Again, this film never take itself too seriously.

The plot and the writing isn't great by a long shot, but for this film I thought it was fine. There are those moments that make you want to face palm, but this film seemed to want to include as many clichés as they possibly could. So those face palm moments really turned into jokes for me. That's why I found this film to be so funny.

There's times when the characters keep falling into the water, and there's the characters that don't want to kill the shark. Then you got Jason Statham saving everyone while cracking cheesy one-liners. Just amazing.

A clichéd and at times bad plot with not the best writing is saved by how carefree and dumb it is.


The Meg wasn't great and it's definitely not for everyone, but if your like me and you really enjoy films where you can turn your brain off and just have fun, then this film is definitely for you.

Cheesy one-liners, bad writing, clichés, and over the top action is The Meg. I might've lost a few brain cells, but I had fun while doing it.

The Meg is a dumb, fun film that I really enjoyed.

3 stars for The Meg

© 2019 Royce Proctor


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