‘The Meg’ does very little to impress, doesn’t meet even the lowest expectations

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows, foreground from left, Page Kennedy, Ruby Rose, Li Bingbing, Jason Statham and Cliff Curtis in a scene from the film, "The Meg." (Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

It wouldn’t be summer without a cheesy shark movie. We are “blessed” with the arrival of the shameless cash-grabber, “The Meg.”

This summer blockbuster may somewhat please the masses, but its depth is similar to that of a kiddie pool.

After a groundbreaking discovery of a deeper part of the ocean, a submarine escorting a crew of scientist is attacked by a deadly Megalodon. Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham), the best rescue diver around, must save the crew from the giant-sized shark. The scientists’ actions not only lead to putting their own lives in danger, but those of nearby beachgoers.

It’s not a good sign when I’m laughing at how lame the dialogue is. This movie was filled with superfluous lines that felt unnatural. I was chuckling more at the parts that were not meant to be funny. This could all be forgiven, however, if the movie was fun.

For the first half an hour, I was having a good time, thinking the movie was going somewhere; unfortunately, that moment never came. With a predictable plot accompanied by boring action it’s hard to deliver entertainment. The movie even attempts to lure in the romantic nature in everyone with a forced love element thrown in. At times, it felt as if the movie wasn’t trying at all.

Caring for a movie is difficult when you don’t care for the characters. Every person in the movie felt flat which could be credited to the lack of development. The actors didn’t help much, either. Almost the entire cast was made up of lower-quality actors. Jason Statham was the only one who did a decent job. He probably was the only part I liked about the movie.

Maybe, since it seems like most of the film’s budget wasn’t spent toward a quality script or a well-balanced cast, the CGI was heavily invested in. Nope. Nothing about the film’s digitally-constructed aspects appeared as visually appealing. It was slightly above the level of a made-for-television movie. The shark looked incredibly fake which becomes annoying when the movie flaunts it so much. It was even worse when Statham was doing battle with it. Once again, I was laughing when I shouldn’t be.

“The Meg” knows how shallow it is. It doesn’t try to be something it is not, which I respect. That doesn’t excuse how bad the film is. Although some may find little enjoyment from it, I found none. I went in the theater with low expectations and I’m sad to say, not even they were met.

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