There’s something about sharks that spike the imagination. Though they don’t actually attack many people we still seem to fear and revere them in equal parts. I used to work for a company that had the Discovery Channel as one of it’s clients. While this wasn’t exactly something to write homer about, it did mean that once a year we got to sit around a meeting table and spin out the weirdest and wildest ideas imaginable to promote “Shark Week”.
Shark movies on the other hand to appeal to a certain niche viewer, one who watched “Shark Week” and thought, “That was cool, but let’s have it in a massive movie theater.”
The Meg, starring Jason Statham, however, may be one of those rare films that is able to move beyond that viewer base with its hint at a slightly more meta take on the shark film as revealed by its recently released trailer.
Based on Steve Alten’s book, “The Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror”, the film features a ‘just-go-with-it-guys’ premise that the prehistoric megalodon (read ‘Mega Shark’) did not, in fact, go extinct around 2 million years ago, and has instead been discovered off the coast of China.
Tonally the film seems to draw from an impressively wide variety of sources – Alien, Sphere, Jaws (obviously), and yes a little bit of Sharktopus is thrown in there too for good measure.
Also starring Ruby Rose, Li Bingbing, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao, Robert Taylor, and Jessica McNamee, the film is directed by John Turteltaub.
The Meg hits New Zealand cinemas on August 30, 2018.
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