It's only tradition that every summer there needs to be the release of a ridiculous shark movie.
Ever since Steven Spielberg's masterpiece, "Jaws," production companies beg filmmakers to make action thrillers starring a shark as the main villain. They're huge moneymakers, but sometimes the quality isn't all it's built up to be.
In recent years, we got shark "47 Meters Down" and "Sharknado." They're fun, without a doubt. But how long will it take for the giant-shark genre to hit rock-bottom?
This summer, we get "The Meg," a movie about, as you can guess, a giant shark. Only this time, it's bigger than giant. The scientific name of the species of shark is megaladon, a shark that can swallow many people in a single bite. When a team of scientists decides to dig deeper into the ocean, they open up a path for the prehistoric megaladons to venture up, closer to human life.
Now, it's up to that team of scientists to fight the sharks as best they can -- although it's really only Jason Stratham's character who does anything noteworthy.
Stratham plays Jonas Taylor, who once escaped the 70-foot shark. He swore he would never return to the ocean -- that is, until he discovers that his ex-wife is trapped in the depths of the ocean being threatened by the presence of the Meg. That's how Jonas gets into all the rest of the toothy business that continues from there.
"The Meg" has a simple plot, but if you want some shark action and desire to see Jason Stratham being Jason Stratham, then this movie is for you.
What may drive more viewers to the theaters for this one is Rainn Wilson, star of the hit sitcom "The Office." Be aware, though, he isn't at all like Dwight. In "The Meg," Wilson's character goes through a bizarre turn that doesn't seem to fit well with the rest of the movie, so if you're seeing the movie for him, you may want to reconsider.
The shark action is plentiful but lacks some of the elements that make these types of films more enjoyable. Due to the poorly written characters, it's difficult to care about any of them. The film also attempts to throw in a bizarre love triangle in the mix, and it feels just as awkward as the movie's premise.
With more intriguing characters and better performances, "The Meg" would have stood a chance as one of the better shark films. Unfortunately, we got another average one, but one that still manages to entertain.
"The Meg" has plenty for audiences to laugh at, mostly its ridiculous shark sequences. Each action sequence gets more ridiculous than the last, so that by the time the movie is almost at the end of its runtime, you'll be laughing whether you're having a good time or not.
Ultimately, though, "The Meg" lacks what makes films like "Jaws" so great. The film needs more layered characters, a much more intriguing story and even more chomp.
Best Character: Jonas (the others are all useless)
Best Sharky Moment: The Meg's beach attack
Worst Performance: Ruby Rose as Jaxx