‘The Meg’ chews up the scenery, but entertains

popcornsBy DARLA HIGGINS
Contributing Writer      

It’s always fun and games to explore the ocean’s depths until somebody goes and unleashes a prehistoric shark into society.

This is the dilemma our characters face in The Meg, a campy summer flick about a group of scientists who must get rid of the gigantic and angry Megalodon (supposedly extinct for more than 2 million years) before it kills again. And the Meg seems to enjoy killing.

The MegJason Statham stars as the reluctant hero who – thanks to a foiled rescue attempt in the ocean years before — is now spending his days drinking many beers in Thailand. When his services are requested to stop the Meg, he says he’s “done being responsible for people.”

Thankfully for the world, he just can’t help himself.

The other big name in the movie is Rainn Wilson, a.k.a. The Office’s Dwight Schrute. Here, Dwight is re-imagined as a mega-billionaire who funds the scientists’ cause, but for all the wrong and selfish reasons.

showtimesWilson is definitely the villain of the movie, but he adds his impeccable comedic timing to the role.

Actually, there are many laugh-out-loud moments in The Meg – some of which aren’t intentional.

“There is something down here,” one character radios up from the ocean floor, with all of the emotion she’d use to order a ham sandwich. “It just hit my ship.”

Was there not at least one exclamation point in the script for those lines? Methinks her life is threatened.

But let’s face it: No one on this film – either in front of or behind the camera – signed on thinking they’d be thanking the Academy anytime soon. They were simply making a shark flick, and people love shark flicks.

Speaking of which, there are several nods to the father of them all, Jaws. But instead of iconic lines such as, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” we get something a bit less memorable with, “I’d say it’s a great day to go fishing.”

The movie was close to getting two and a half popcorns instead of three – until the final moment before the credits rolled. It said “The End,” but in the French translation.

Fin.

Okay, three popcorns it is. “The Meg” is officially in on its own joke.

The Meg is rated PG-13 and is 1 hour and 52 minutes long. For showtimes, see the Marshall Cinema ad on this page or go to Jimplecute1848.com.

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