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Rated PG-13 · 113 minutes · 2018

Action, Adventure, Science fiction, Thriller
A team of oceanographers discovers that the Carcharodon megalodon—a giant shark-like creature believed to have been extinct for millions of years—is alive and well and swimming dangerously close to the southern Chinese coast. This big-budget monster movie is idiotic but inoffensive; the characters are paper-thin and the story doesn’t make much sense, but the upbeat portrayal of a close-knit, hard-working professional team is engaging and (if you squint hard enough) vaguely Hawksian. Director Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) strikes an agreeable tone, avoiding both unnecessary heaviness and self-aware camp. Playing a devil-may-care naval captain, Jason Statham leads a serviceable ensemble cast that includes Rainn Wilson, Li Bingbing, and Jessica McNamee.
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Director: Jon Turteltaub
Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Belle Avery, Colin Wilson, Gerald Molen, Randy Greenberg, Wayne Jiang and Barrie Osborne
Cast: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao, Sophia Cai, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, Robert Taylor, Ólafur Ólafsson, Jessica McNamee and Masi Oka

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