The Meg 3D, 6.8/10, is the monster spectacle that I have been waiting for. Coming in at a record breaking 70ft long and predicted to weigh a colossal 100 tones (10x more than a T-Rex), the Megalodon is the largest predator to ever live. I mean, when a predator of that size can swallow a great white shark whole with its 11ft wide jaw, you know there is trouble brewing. Who can handle trouble this size? The greatest deep-sea diver the world has seen – Jonas Taylor (played by Jason Statham).
The film opens five years prior to the main story line. Expert diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor encounters an unknown danger in a newly explored area past the depths of the Mariana Trench. This discovery forces him to make a difficult decision – should he stay and try to save the last two remaining crew members (that just so happen to be his best friends), risking everyones lives in the process or leave, saving the eleven crew members already on the escape pod but losing two good men? Taylor chooses the latter option but has to live with the consequences of his tormenting choice for the rest of his life.
Jump five years forward to modern day and human kind has still not learned from their previous fatal mistakes. A new team led by scientist Zhang (played by Winston Chao) and their eccentric billionaire Morris (played by Rainn Wilson), who funds the experiment, decide to dive to the same depths. When the experiment goes wrong – again – the team encounter the same creature Jonas did, proving his recollection of the previous event to be true. The team needs rescuing and of course, there’s only one man that can save them. Putting his fears aside and risking his own life, Jonas makes the dive. But this time when the crew escapes, the Megalodon looks to be on their tale, hunting the team back to civilisation.
The Meg was the first film in years that has swayed me to give in and give the 3D experience another chance as normally, I am not the biggest fan. However, Meg seemed like the right film to give it another chance and I wasn’t let down – I mean how could I be when there was a 75ft shark coming straight at me? The utilisation of 3D can sometimes, I feel, be a bit gimmicky but on the contrary to this, Meg uses 3D to create a completely immersive experience. Partnered with the great use of sound that surrounds you and shots that are cleverly positioned at eye level, the audience are transported, however cliché it may sound, into the room with the characters and are deeply engaged in the gripping on-screen action.
I must say, the acting in this film is the main factor in why this movie hasn’t been rated higher. Although, this can be slightly overlooked when you are being so entertained. This film has to be the film I have been most surprised at and considering I was close to not giving it a chance, I am really glad that I did. This massive monster movie is certainly one to be seen on the big screen to guarantee you get the full experience so make sure you give it a watch.
Entertainment (of its genre): 8/10
Overall rating: 6.8/10