Jason Statham’s THE MEG movie has finally arrived and it’s one helluva’n IMAX 3D experience.
Directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, While You Were Sleeping) the story of THE MEG is based on the book “MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror” by Steve Alten released in 1997.
The movie version talks about an undersea observation program that has discovered that the bottom of the Marianas Trench – the deepest trench in the north pacific ocean is actually a thick layer of underwater cloud that separates the atmosphere above from the rich “undiscovered” eco-system below it. And like all uncharted territories, it poses great risks and in this case deep sea monsters like the supposedly extinct MEGALODON, the largest shark-type fossil known to man. The expedition went south, accidentally releasing THE MEG to the waters above and the adventure begins.
But of course, there’s more to it than that. Those were the given and the rest you’ll have to find out for yourself. And please do watch it on IMAX 3D because it’s kinda like a thrill ride and the experience, I think, won’t be the same on a regular screen.
There’s nothing special (or totally surprising) about the story and the acting. I was looking for FEAR or TERROR in the face of the characters because I believe that it would really send this movie off the charts if audiences were able to immersed on people’s emotional reactions to an uncontrollable situation like being trapped in an underwater observatory with a shark the size of a boat trying to eat them – but sadly I did not see that in this movie.
All I saw were a bunch of strong-willed, fearless (except DJ) guys hunting down this big old prehistoric beast. And while there were a couple of times that the jump scare tactics worked on me in this movie, the absence of the element of terror lessen the excitement.
But it is a fun, sometimes funny, and engaging action-adventure movie! It’s a big screen feature so don’t watch it on your phones because it wont work on tiny screens.
THE MEG stars Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson, Bingbing Li, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Robert Taylor, Cliff Curtis, Masi Oka, Sophia Shuya Cai and Tawanda Manyimo.
THE MEG is NOW SHOWING in SM Cinemas nationwide – again watch it on IMAX 3D! Book your tickets via www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.
Thank you SM Cinema and ComCo SouthEast Asia for the advanced movie screening treat.