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The Meg

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.



  • Jon Turteltaub


  • Jason Statham
  • Li Bingbing
  • Rainn Wilson
  • Cliff Curtis
  • Winston Chao
  • Sophia Cai
  • Ruby Rose
  • Page Kennedy
  • Robert Taylor
  • Ólafur Ólafsson
  • Jessica McNamee
  • Masi Oka


  • Lorenzo di Bonaventura
  • Belle Avery
  • Colin Wilson
  • Gerald Molen
  • Randy Greenberg
  • Wayne Jiang
  • Barrie Osborne

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