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The Carcharodon Megalodon

The Meg (2018) on IMDb

Plot Overview

During a deep sea rescue mission of the SSBN Rogue, diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) was forced to abandon two of his crew when an unknown sea creature battered the vessel. The team doctor declared him delusional. He lost his commission and his shaky marriage (“You are the guy who leaves people behind.”) Now he's a beer bum in Shanghai with bad memories.

Five years later his ex-wife Maureen stationed on modern Mana One Research Station 200 miles off the China coast is exploring hidden depths of the Mariana trench when a seventy-five foot megalodon shark disables their craft. In desperation they send for the best rescue diver they've got: Jonas Taylor.

He manages to pull it off but the meg follows them up to the open ocean and proceeds to wreak havoc on boats, people, and wet pets. Mr. Morris (Rainn Wilson) the financier of the research facility wants the problem disposed of quietly to avoid bad press. Fat chance!


Various people get swamped with intractable problems throughout this film, and we root for them to tough it out, for (Prov. 24:10) “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”

It's iffy at first whether Jonas will accept their request to do a dangerous rescue dive. (Prov. 24:11-12) “If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?”

Jonas was ‘not too sweet’, not the kind of a guy to be indulging his sweet tooth, but he did like beer and seemed to carry one in his hand all the time he was off duty. The kind of satisfaction he got from a good brew was, we may suppose, like the one he got employing his wits to out­fox the meg. (Prov. 24:13) “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.”

Mr. Morris didn't hold much truck with some unknown rescue diver, but Jonas seemed able to get out of tough scrapes time and again. Morris, on the other hand, for all his shenanigans seemed destined to a bit of bad luck. (Prov. 24:15-16) “Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”

Production Values

This fun, summer, monster romp, “” was directed by Jon Turteltaub. Its screen­play was written by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, as adapted from Steve Alten's 1997 novel, Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror. It stars Jason Statham, Bingbing Li and Rainn Wilson. It also features Ruby Rose as one of the lab's designers. Li Bingbing is an oceanographer who is attracted to Jonas. Rainn Wilson is the rich financier. The film's lead, Jason Statham, delivered a very gratifying performance. He carried the film from beginning to end. Of note was Shuya Sophia Cai as a cute eight-year-old Meiying. In contrast to the great lead, the rest of the cast was fair to middling.

MPAA rated it PG–13 for action/peril, bloody images and some language. It was actually toned down from its originally intended gore fest to accommodate teenage viewers. The CGI and special effects were very life­like. Harry Gregson-Williams's music score added some dramatic tattoos. Its over­all silliness made it a hoot to watch.

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

“The Meg” was horrifyingly amusing. It's a perfect combination of scares and chuckles for a summer flick that won't make you too frightened to go in the water but can spook your date enough to hold on to some­one strong. And you can all laugh it off when it's over. More the stuff of day­dreams than of nightmares.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action-packed plot. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Special effects: Absolutely amazing special effects Video Occasion: Fit For a Friday Evening Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat Overall movie rating: three stars out of five.