If one was hoping for some dumb fun on the level of 'Deep Blue Sea' or a 'Jurassic' sequel one will be disappointed. This man vs. prehistoric shark picture lacks both the bloodlust and sense of fun required to put it over the top and winds up another generic action film that entertains enough but is certainly nothing special. When you're rooting for the shark to eat the entire cast there might be some script issues.
I had high hopes for some quality trash-cinema. After all Jason Statham my just be the king of contemporary trash-cinema. And he’s good in this movie. Unfortunately the film never gets trashy good, it’s just... trash. Featuring a script by the numbers, a bland international cast ticking all the boxes to justify foreign money, and just overall poorly made, The Meg doesn’t have a sense of fun or any skill behind it.
Pure schlock. Though as dumb as you can believe, it is a lot better than critics are saying. The characters are all likeable/entertaining enough (including even annoying actors like Wilson and pretentious kid stereotypes) and the suspense is palpable. It's a half hour too long but rarely boring. If you like fun and are tired of superhero blockbusters, this is solid summer fare. There is also a cute dog.