Movie Review: The MEG (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

THE MEG is based on the best-selling novels “MEG” by Steve Alten. The movie was directed by Jon Turteltaub from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris and Jon and Erich Hoeber and stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Robert Taylor, Sophia Cai, Masi Oka and Cliff Curtis.

A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, former deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is drawn out of self-imposed exile by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, Dr. Zhang (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter, Suyin (Li Bingbing), who thinks she can rescue the crew on her own. But it will take their combined efforts to save the crew, and the ocean itself, from this seemingly unstoppable threat—a prehistoric 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. Thought to be extinct, the Meg turns out to be very much alive…and on the hunt. Five years before, Jonas had encountered this same terrifying creature, but no one had believed him. Now, teamed with Suyin, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life to return to the ocean depths…bringing him face-to-face once more with the apex predator of all time.

The Meg follows Jonas Taylor, a former deep-sea rescue diver who comes out of retirement to help save a small group of undersea researchers that includes his ex-wife. Jonas comes with some baggage because of his last mission that didn’t go so well and this is why he’s been in a self-imposed exile that has kept him away from the ocean. What happens is, the undersea researchers realize that they’ve disturbed a prehistoric Megalodon (the largest prehistoric shark that ever existed) that has somehow survived millions of years in this hidden part of the ocean and now it’s hungry.

Jonas and the crew of the undersea observation program quickly have to go on the defensive because the giant shark continues its attacks. This isn’t the first meeting between Jonas and the giant shark because it’s the reason he went into early retirement in the first place and the sad thing is nobody really believed back him then – but they do now! Anyway, after several deadly encounters, Jonas and his friends come up with a plan to stop the giant beast before it causes even more destruction but just when they think they’ve completed their mission a new twist is introduced and they have to rethink their strategy. All of this concludes in the ultimate battle between human and prehistoric beast to see who’s at the top of the food chain.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. Each disc features a little toothy artwork and the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast watching The Meg and to me it’s the best giant shark movie to come along since Jaws. We get a lot of killer shark movies and most of them are cheesy B-movies that air on Syfy which means they’re low budget, they have some pretty bad special effects and always feature a star or two from yesteryear. This one here is a big budget action adventure that has a good story and interesting characters and the best thing about it is that the special effects are really impressive. Jon Turteltaub is known for his special effects work so he knows how to deliver the goods when it comes to this and he does a good job telling the story and bringing this deadly underwater world to life. Jason Statham does a great job as the lead plus he gets a little love interest thanks to Li BingBing and they have a great international supporting cast to go along with them. The movie has a little bit of everything because it’s full of action, it features some wild special effects plus it even has just a little romance. The movie is an over-the-top creature feature and to be honest I had a lot of fun with it. The Meg will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on November 13th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 113 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French, Spanish and Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include two making of featurettes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Chomp On This: The Making Of The Meg (12:09)
  • Creating The Beast (10:25)
  • Digital Copy

 

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