Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Watch Another Shark Movie
There hasn’t been a shark movie since Jaws that could live up to the hype. That might be coming to an end this summer with the release of The Meg.
For the uninitiated, Meg (in this case) refers to a prehistoric monster shark called a Megalodon. It’s a 75-foot long killing machine that makes a great white shark look like a goldfish by comparison. The megalodon lived anywhere from 23 to 2.6 million years ago and holds the record for the largest shark in history.
So that that you know the facts here’s where Hollywood takes its creative license and runs with it. Imagine a 75-foot, 60-ton shark set loose on the world today. Then imagine that Jason Statham is the only hope of stopping this unstoppable beast. Pretty scary.
In the film, 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…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.
Rounding out the international main cast of “The Meg” are Rainn Wilson (TV’s “The Office,” “Super”), Ruby Rose (“xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” TV’s “Orange is the New Black”), Winston Chao (“Skiptrace,” “Kabali”), Page Kennedy (TV’s “Rush Hour”), Jessica McNamee (“The Vow,” TV’s “Sirens”), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (“The BFG,” TV’s “The Missing”), Robert Taylor (“Focus,” TV’s “Longmire”), New Zealander Cliff Curtis (“The Dark Horse,” “Risen,” TV’s “Fear the Walking Dead”), Sophia Shuya Cai (“Somewhere Only We Know”), and Masi Oka (TV’s “Hawaii Five-0,” “Heroes”).