SPOILER Movie Review: The Meg

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Julia Hackeloer

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December 17, 2018

Crew from “Mana One” encounters 75-foot long Megalodon during mission to the Pacific Ocean floor.

“The Meg,” directed by Jon Turteltaub and released on August 10, 2018, is the new science fiction thriller that critics are talking about. “The Meg” is based on a group of scientists who have uncovered a prehistoric shark while they are enduring a rescue mission at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean to save their crew that is trapped inside a nuclear submarine.

Free diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) encountered what he recalled as some sort of a prehistoric, unknown creature, but that was dismissed as pressure-induced psychosis. During the incident, Taylor and the other crew members became stuck in an impacted submarine.

Billionaire Jack Morris (Rainn Wilson), who is the owner and creator of the underwater research facility “Mana One,” meets Dr. Minway Zhang (Winston Chao) in China accompanied by his daughter Suyin Zhang (Li Bingbing) who are both conducting an experiment to explore the depths of the Mariana Trench. 

Before the crew is able to investigate further into the trench, their nuclear submarine is attacked by a 75-foot prehistoric shark, the same one Jonas Taylor saw, which was thought to be extinct until now. The three scientists are now trapped in their nuclear submarine and have lost all connection to Mana One.

Jonas Taylor was brought back to Mana One in China to help rescue the three crew members at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Jonas defies the odds and makes it to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean while able to still make it out alive with the crew members. However, the deathly 75-foot Megalodon shark is now free in the ocean, free of the Mariana Trench and is able access to the human surface.

Visit a theater near you to find out if the Mana One facility and their crew ever defeat the Megalodon.

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