The Movie: 6/10
Listening to Christmas music while writing a review of a giant shark movie, interesting combination:) As for the music, The Christmas Song can’t go wrong for festive goodness, and as for the giant shark, I have to say it’s pretty fun too. I am a lifelong Jaws fan, but I promise, no comparisons, except to say, this is NOT Jaws. It is, however, a romp of underwater adventure and drama with a threat we all don’t want to admit probably keeps us out of the water on some beaches around the world. I like the Hollywood big action versions of Man vs. Nature, when it’s done with reasonable story lines, performances, and CGI. I do think Meg has all of that, if not in some small measure.
Our hero has that old story around him that in the past he had a terrible experience and now refuses to be involved. He has retired far away and someone has to come in a helicopter to find him and bring him back into the fold, with some resistance and attitude, of course. It’s not a new way to introduce our leading man, but it’ll do.
As for the rest of the plot, again, nothing new. A rich dude pays for scientific research so he can make more money. In this case it’s an underwater research facility, decked out with all the underwater stuff you can imagine. They are looking to find new species and to find out of a theory is correct, that the “bottom” of the ocean in one spot is actually just a false bottom of something other than solid ground (liquid gas of some kind) and beneath will be a wealth of new things to discover.
Spoiler, the theory is correct, and down they go. There is drama, damaged equipment, bravery and sacrifice, all the hallmarks of an emotional roller coaster, at the bottom of the ocean.
As for the music, now we have Lou Rawls singing Merry Christmas, Baby. It is a departure from the idea of a giant pre-historic shark wrecking havoc on a few measly humans, but somehow it works to keep my fingers typing to the beat.
The crew/cast is OK. I am NOT a fan of the boring cardboard cut out characters, but hey, they might get eaten by a shark so it doesn’t really matter. The result is that I don’t care about most of them. That might not be fair for the whole cast, our leading ladies and the little girl, are the best of the lot. Statham is fine, and there are moments when I’m impressed with his ability to do the big action and perform like his life depends on it. Everyone else is disposable…sorry folks, but someone has to get the chomp.
Overall I enjoyed The Meg. Then again, I am always looking for that next big creature who puts we little humans to the test, fictionally of course, so I’m willing to give these movies a chance. That being said, I have not watched any Sharknado movies, so I might be a hypocrite.
Holiday music update, a reading of The Night Before Christmas by Pero Como.
- Chomp On This: The Making Of The Meg (12 Minutes) – A standard studio style EPK featurette that covers most of the bases when it comes to the making of the film.
- Creating The Beast (10 Minutes) – A look at the CG wizardry it took to make this massive shark.
- New Zealand Film Commission (2 Minutes) – A promotional tourism clip.
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
While The Meg looks great on both formats Warner have only used about half the BD-50 disc on the Blu-ray version to hold the movie. This is a little odd as with increased bit-rate it could have looked so much better. As for the picture quality though aside from some obvious macro-blocking in underwater scenes the image looks great. Flesh-tones are on point and shadow detail is incredible. A special mention must go to the use of HDR on the 4K version.
The disc contains both Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master 5.1 but weirdly defaults to the latter. Do yourself a favor and make sure you switch to Atmos for the full Meg experience. The movie is somewhat bombastic with lots of cool surround effects and present LFE. If I had to make a complaint mumbly Statham is sometimes lost in the mix but aside from that things are pretty good in the land of the Megladon.
Overall Score 6/10