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THE MEG (2018) Movie Review

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After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.

It's a shame the first half of Jon Turteltaub's 'The Meg' is a bland, made for TV mystery that focuses more on a rescue mission than The Megalodon. I hate using this phrase but... the film takes itself too seriously. The erratic tone showed that it couldn't commit to being an action comedy, a horror or a thriller. It ends up being painfully unfunny, with a few scares and great shark action, but even those are smothered by poor pacing and cliche melodrama.

The cast performances are not much better. I'm sure Bingbing Li is a fine actress in China, but her delivery in English mixed with a cute and flustered act was kind of embarrassing. Jason Statham is Jason Statham. The dog was one of the highlights, all 30 seconds of it.

Something obviously got lost in translation with this American and Chinese production. Closer to a waste of time than the fun, self aware b-movie it deserved to be.

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