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Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham), specialist for rescue operations in the deep sea, is a professional in his field. However, the experienced diver has to abort a dangerous mission, losing part of his crew. Worse still, no one will believe the reason for his misfortune. But Taylor insists they were attacked by a giant creature still lurking deep in the sea. Five years after the tragedy, Taylor's marriage and reputation have been destroyed. But when a deep-sea underwater vessel of a new international marine observation program is attacked by a giant creature and lies on the sea floor unable to manoeuvre, Taylor, who is now living in seclusion, is hired to help with the salvage. When he learns that his ex-wife is also on board the submarine, he is persuaded to take part in the dangerous operation - but he has no idea what danger really lurks in the depths of the sea…
"MEG" is just as stupid as the summary sounds. This isn't really tragic in such a movie, if the fun factor is right. Because a wonderfully meaningless popcorn cinema can be a lot of fun - especially when it is served with a little self-irony. But unfortunately there is as little to see of it at this monster shark parade as there is of the title-giving monster itself. Admittedly, Jason Statham is really cool in some scenes and some moments also have a pleasantly high show value. But all in all there is too much talk and too little shark action shown.
If the Megalodon appears once, one usually only sees its contours, its fin or a part of its huge body. In its full size, it is far too rare to be seen for a film almost two hours long. For this, miserably long pseudo-scientific conversations may be conducted or family problems may be rolled over. Especially when Ruby Rose, with her rather one-sided acting talent, is supposed to be the great scientist, the whole thing becomes an involuntarily comical farce, which is robbed of any form of real humour by completely unsuccessful emotional moments.
Does that mean "MEG" is a really bad movie? No. Because there are several moments in which the whole thing makes you feel good despite the really thin script and the not exactly outstanding actors. But director Jon Turteltaub would have been well advised if he had spiced the movie up with a bit more meg, a bit more humor and a bit more coolness and instead renounced some of the unspeakable dialogue scenes. Not a complete flop, but also by no means the great fun that the admittedly good advertising campaign has suggested. There's only one for that. Worth seeing with some concessions!
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