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Meg, The (12A)

Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action

Science fiction action film in which a giant prehistoric shark terrorises the members of a marine research team carrying out a deep ocean project.

The critical consensus

Nonsense science and monster-movie cliches pile up in the latest marauding-shark thriller – but it’s lots of fun, too.

***(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 09/08/2018

Living up to its billing as the most ridiculous film of the summer, The Meg is one to laugh at rather than with. Instantly forgettable, but undeniably fun.

***(*)(*)Jordan Farley, Total Film, 09/08/2018

“Man vs Meg isn’t a fight. It’s a slaughter,” a character suggests but there is only ever going to be a single winner in this particular contest – and sadly it isn’t the creature with the fin.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 09/08/2018

It's Statham vs shark in a bruising and pretty bonkers face-off.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 09/08/2018

Disappointing amount of Stath-on-Shark action.

Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies, 09/08/2018

Ludicrous but (largely) entertaining.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 09/08/2018

For a film which commanded a budget of approximately $150m, the visual set-pieces lack the wow factor. Dramatic tension is in short supply. And the frequent comedic exchanges feel shoe-horned into the paper-thin plot and jar with the life-and-death situation faced by Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham as Jason Statham) whose killer one-liner “Chew on this you ugly bastard” is, like the film, a watered-down version of Rob Scheider’s “Smile, you son of a bitch.”

***(*)(*)Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 23/08/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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