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"The Meg" Jon Turteltaub

by By Bridgette Babb - Copy Editor
Tue, Sep 11th 2018 05:00 pm

If you have an actor/actress that you love to see in films, then you will understand how I feel about Jason Statham. You would never know he’s 51 years old, considering he does his own stunts. He did not disappoint in “The Meg” when it came to action, and I was pleasantly surprised to see a few other actors/actresses that I adore alongside him.

The opening scene shows Statham, who plays Jonas Taylor, on a diving rescue mission. Things go downhill midway through the rescue, when he realizes something massive is crushing the vessel. He makes the difficult decision to close the rescue boat and save only half the passengers, thus beginning the downfall of his diving career due to the guilt and no one believing him. Fast forward a couple of years later, we are introduced to millionaire Jack Morris and his team of marine biologists.

Once I realized what the team was attempting to explore, I knew the situation was about to take a turn for the worse. Every time a group of people decide they are going to “explore” unknown species, death follows almost immediately. Buried down in the deeps of the ocean laid an area deeper than what they thought to be the bottom. The team that initially went to check the area out included my favorite Hawaii Five-O character, Masi Oka. It broke my heart when he gave his life to save his fellow crew members when it is realized that the thing Jonas saw in the beginning crushing the ship was real. Not only was it real, it turned out to be the prehistoric Megalodon shark.

Here’s where the plot thickens. Since human beings don’t know how to mind their business and leave well enough alone, of course the shark gets out of the frozen gas cap through the opening the team creates. Main biologist Suyin Zhang (Li Bingbing) realizes her daughter is in that direction and rushes to find her, only to come in contact with the bitemarks of the large animals mouth on the glass. Don’t worry her daughter was not hurt. 

Obviously the whole point of the movie is for them to find the shark and kill it. They decide to poison the shark to end its life, and the plan was successful. Literally out of nowhere, a shark four times the size of the megalodon they caught surfaces and grabs the dead meg with its teeth. This causes the entire boat to flip over, causing more casualties. One thing I always hated about movies like this was the fact that the rich person who funded the whole project never wants the news to get out to the public. Keeping things hush-hush is the reason situations are always dragged out longer than they need to be. Morris tries to order a team along with himself to catch the Meg. The way he dies was hilarious and well deserving in my opinion. He puts a tracker on what he thought was the Meg, then blows it up. 

In reality it was a whale, and as that registers with  his black ops team, they return to the boat. Statham is the hero in the movie, so of course he eventually catches the shark and kills it, but not before it takes some casualties on a packed beach in China. Overall the movie had mixed reviews, but I seriously enjoyed it. It kept me on my toes the entire time.

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