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Plot: An exploratory dive into the deepest depths of the ocean of a daring research team spirals into chaos when a malevolent mining operation threatens their mission and forces them into a high-stakes battle for survival.
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Meg 2 doesn’t really feel like a follow up film, to its 2018 counterpart. Indeed, the latest instalment feels more like a platform for various action “stunts”.
The giant,prehistoric shark’s are essentially window dressing, for a variety of frenetic action sequences, where things blow up, are torn apart, shot at, harpooned, people gobbled up Jaws and Jurassic Park style and what I can only describe as acrobatic, aquatic scenes with jet ski’s and the like, all take place. They even throw in a giant squid, to spice things up.
Or put more simply, this is a messy mash up, of derivative, often dispirit ideas. Unsurprisingly, the results a bit chaotic, with no compass to direct the viewer, in terms of the story, such as it is. Its quite watchable, in its own way but it never really goes anywhere.
In summary, watchable on a very visually superficial level. Lots of action but little in the way of an established story, to pull the whole thing together.
Now the “Meg” (2018) itself could never be called a good film, but it is a great deal better than this muddled and derivative effort. “Jonas” (Jason Statham) is now working as a sort of eco-policeman trying to stop the dumping of toxic waste into the oceans, and after a snappy “007” style opening, he is daringly rescued by “Mac” (Clff Curtis) and “Rigas” (Melissanthu Mahut) and returned to the research centre where he is reunited with “Jess” (Skyler Samuels), “DJ” (Page Kennedy) and the adrenalin seeking “Juiming” (Jing Wu) who are nursing the daughter of the last megalodon! The team now travel to a remote installation where they must investigate some more of the beasties that live below the frozen layer put there by nature to ensure than we don’t mix. Thing is, it seems they are not the only folks who’ve hit on the idea that there might be untapped riches 25,000 feet below the surface, and soon our team are involved in a contretemps with “Montes” (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) that introduces treachery, double-dealing and causes explosions galore that release not just megs, but also an enormous octopus into the ocean where they can merrily terrorise the holidaymakers on the nearby resort of “Fun Island”. Can “Jonas” et al manage to take on four of these super-creatures before they’ve snacked their way through the tourists? This might have been a bit better if they’d just cut all the preamble and gone straight to the rig and to the underwater action, big fish and pyrotechnics. As it is, we spend far too long meandering about on the surface meeting the characters and there’s way too much pointless dialogue throughout – though one or two half-hearted witticisms and puns help a little – before an ending that is entirely predictable and really rather processionally so. The acting is just banal, the continuity is all over the place – as is the editing – and the huge chunk of Ali Baba money that’s floated this thing ensures that the switches from the English to Chinese languages actually smacks more of keeping everybody happy in the boardroom rather than engaging anyone in the actual cinema. Simply, even the charismatic Statham cannot rescue this from the doldrums of CGI-led mediocrity that churns out an unremarkable hybrid of “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park”. It does need a big screen. If you wait til it’s on the telly then you will be even more disappointed. Mind you, is that actually possible?
A lacklustre sequel
I wasn’t expecting great things from Meg 2. At best I was hoping for some mindless fun, but the film largely fails to deliver even this.
Mostly this is because, like most monster movies, it gets too bogged down with uninteresting human melodrama. All of the sub plots and character interactions just feel so bland and uninspired, and dilute the main attraction of the film, which is of course the big shark action. As a result I actually think this film has a criminal lack of Meg action, and this made the whole thing lacking in tension slightly.
As mentioned, the human side of things is lacking, and this is mostly due to the abundance of cliches, be it the characters themselves, the writing, or the performances. It’s all just so generic and formulaic that it becomes a chore to even listen to the dialogue by the end of the film.
At nearly 2 hours the film is far too long, and its pacing suffers slightly as a result. I really don’t think a film with this premise should have you checking your watch.
To give this film some credit, there are some pretty exciting sequences, but they are just too few and far between. The whole thing just needed more tension, more pace, and less distracting human drama.
Meg 2: The Trench is a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for some mindless fun, but it is just too frustrating to really deliver much enjoyment.
It’s a big megalo-don’t!
Horror auteur Ben Wheatley goes Hollywood with Meg 2: The Trench. I don’t blame the guy for trying — after all, this is the kind of blockbuster that, if done right, could propel a director into the big league — but it’s clear from the start that Wheatley is way out of his depth on a film of this magnitude.
I wasn’t expecting anything more than a fun brainless blockbuster, but while Meg 2 is undeniably brainless, it isn’t much fun. The first half of the film takes place mainly underwater, in subs, in a deep sea mining facility, and on the ocean floor, as tough guy Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) and his marine research pals explore the titular trench, fall foul of sabotage, and are attacked by a variety of hungry sea creatures. Unfortunately, Wheatley clearly has no idea how to handle a big action scene, meaning that following what is going on is nigh on impossible. I saw the film in 3D, and the wearing of the glasses made the picture really murky, which only added to my confusion.
The action eventually moves to the surface, with Jonas and his friends escaping numerous gun-toting bad guys, before doing battle with three Megs, a giant octopus and some dog-sized dinosaurs that have made their way to a nearby island resort. Up until then, things had been dumb, but what follows is off-the-scale stupid, with characters acting in the most unlikely manner, zero sense of logic, and a general feeling that the director has bitten off more than he can chew.
Original Language en
Genre Action, Adventure, Horror
Director Ben Wheatley
Writer Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Dean Georgaris
Actors Jason Statham, Jing Wu, Shuya Sophia Cai
Country United States, China
Awards 1 win
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