The Meg was nothing to get enthusiastic about. The truth is, it completely stunk.
Nonetheless, it did make some huge cash again in 2018, so producers determined to greenlight a sequel. The sequel can also be nothing to get enthusiastic about, however it’s a huge enchancment on the unique … and, after all, it’s underperforming on the field workplace, presumably as a result of so many viewers obtained burned by the primary one which they’re ready to hire the follow-up.
Meg 2: The Trench is nearly good, however not fairly. Jason Statham returns as some kind of eco-warrior who desires to guard the atmosphere and wildlife, though he has no actual downside disturbing prehistoric shark habitats and blowing them up with explosive harpoons.
The movie is directed by Ben Wheatley, who made the splendidly darkish comedy Sightseers in 2012. Sadly, little or no of that sinister-comic vibe carries over into this effort. Statham and firm wind up deep-diving into some kind of underwater-mining facility within the movie’s first half, after which large sharks assault a trip resort for the finale. The movie opts for full sci-fi for its first half, after which makes a drastic flip towards horror-comedy in its second. To say the 2 subplots conflict a bit can be an understatement—they smash into one another.
The tone is in all places, and there’s surprisingly little large shark motion for a large shark film. The “trench” opening up and letting out a bunch of small dinosaur-type creatures and a large octopus provides the movie monster-movie potential, but it surely by no means actually pays off and simply feels scattershot.
That mentioned, Meg 2: The Trench is markedly higher than the final two Jurassic Park films, and a gorier path may’ve helped this absolutely succeed. As an alternative, it performs it protected at PG-13 and misses a possibility to be sick enjoyable, no less than in its extra action-filled second half.
Meg 2: The Trench is enjoying at theaters and streaming on numerous platforms.