Excerpt: The Meg is an unabashed B-movie, but it’s one that plays a bit more low-key than something like the Sharknado series, which I think works to its advantage. The cast is fun and engaging, and the action, despite PG-13 restrictions, is satisfying.
Excerpt: It’s neither silly enough to work as a comedy nor serious enough to be really suspenseful, instead it is made up of pieces of much better films that it hurls into the water like so much chum, hoping unsuspecting audiences will take a bite.
Excerpt: It’s a tale of two movies: a suspense thriller that doesn’t quite embrace its horror premise and a light blockbuster actioner with idiots getting their comeuppance as stereotypical romance under duress transports us back to 90s chauvinism under a filter of flimsy sensitivity (Oh, but Jonas adores children).
Excerpt: The Meg is mindless, formulaic fun, shamelessly stealing from—and even directly quoting—a wide array of predecessors from Deep Blue Sea to The Abyss to Jaws itself. The film never pretends to be anything more than the PG-13 nonsense it is, and by not asking itself or us to take it more seriously, it manages to create two hours of effective popcorn diversion.