Anyone who knows me knows I love shark movies. I don’t remember the first time I watched Jaws, but I was probably in middle school. And ever since then, I’ve been hooked (….pun?)
In middle school, we had to write and perform a play for drama class. My group did a — yep, you guessed it — Jaws play.
I’ve got all four Jaws movies on VHS (I’m still working on updating the collection to DVD. I think I’m halfway there).
I remember watching Deep Blue Sea and enjoying it.
I remember when Open Water came out in 2003 and claimed to be the greatest shark movie since Jaws. It wasn’t. Not even close. It was so disappointing I didn’t even bother to see the second one.
Megalodon, for years, has been a major topic of interest to me. They’re thought to be extinct, and maybe they are. But how would we really know? The Earth is 70% ocean and the deepest known part of the ocean is nearly seven miles deep. Perhaps it’s highly unlikely, but just the possibility that such a giant shark could still be out there evading us is haunting/terrifying/intriguing/interesting/exciting.
I’ve often though over the past decade and a half, “Imagine how awesome it would be if they made a Jaws 5 with today’s technology.” They could do some pretty neat things, that’s for sure. Especially with 3D. Did you know Jaws 3 was in 3D? But it was 80s 30D, so is that even 3D at all?
Anyway, when I heard “The Meg” was coming out this summer, I was stoked. Last night, I bought my ticket to go see it in 3D on opening night. I got there ten minutes before the movie was supposed to start, and I was lucky enough to find a seat at least halfway back so I could enjoy the 3D effects. It was a pretty packed house.
I thought the movie was well casted, but I was quite thrown off by Rainn Wilson being in the movie. For the first ten minutes or so, I had a hard time not thinking of Dwight. His character even reminded me a little of him at first.
From the beginning, the movie was pretty exciting. It starts out with Jason Statham’s character on a rescue mission to save people stuck in a submersible while they’re being attacked by a giant sea creature.
Fastforward five years later, a team is sent to explore new territory. They mentioned Mariana’s Trench as being the deepest water on Earth, but then they mentioned a section of ocean under the ocean. I’ll try to explain this the best I can. They talked about how the ocean floor was something like a thermal barrier, and if they went down through that barrier, they theorized there was a whole other underwater area underneath where they could discover new species of sea creatures. Underwater exploration is fascinating to me, so despite this being fictional, I still found it to be an interesting concept. Long story short, the submarine gets stuck down in this new section and Jason’s character is recruited to help rescue the team. But that’s only the first half of the movie.
The second half is all about the Megalodon getting into the main ocean and terrorizing everyone and everything in it’s path and what the team is going to do to stop it.
Really, it is a lot like Jaws. I suppose there’s only so much you can do with a shark. So while there were a lot of similarities, it was still fresh enough to keep my attention. I like the concept of the second ocean. I liked seeing a Megalodon brought to “life.” I liked the underwater exploration. I liked Jason being “fearless.”
One thing I really appreciated about this movie was there was no nudity. I find with horror movies/ shark movies, this is one thing that gets thrown in that is unnecessary and tasteless. There were people in swim suits, but there wasn’t anything racy. I appreciate that about this movie, because this is something that can ruin a movie for me.
Another thing I don’t like in movies is swearing/taking the Lord’s name in vain. There were a few swears and the Lord’s name was taken in vain several times. Compared to a lot of movies these days, it wasn’t as excessive as most. But, not something that I appreciate in a movie. I think you can convey the same extent of fear without expletives and disrespecting the Lord.
The movie was rated PG here in New Brunswick. Overall, I did enjoy the movie. As stated above, I would have appreciated it more had it not contained certain elements.
I feel like The Meg was the shark movie I had been waiting a long, long time for. It was so fun that it was in 3D too. I just wish they had of named it something way cooler than “The Meg.” I feel like that name isn’t intimidating enough for a shark movie.
Have you seen it yet? What did you think?
Let me know!