Clashing halves: ‘Meg 2’ is an enchancment over the unique—nevertheless it fails by enjoying issues too protected

The Meg was nothing to get enthusiastic about. The truth is, it completely stunk.

Nevertheless, it did make some huge cash again in 2018, so producers determined to greenlight a sequel. The sequel can also be nothing to get enthusiastic about, however it’s a massive enchancment on the unique … and, in fact, it’s underperforming on the field workplace, probably as a result of so many viewers received burned by the primary one which they’re ready to hire the follow-up.

Meg 2: The Trench is nearly good, however not fairly. Jason Statham returns as some form of eco-warrior who desires to guard the setting and wildlife, though he has no actual downside disturbing prehistoric shark habitats and blowing them up with explosive harpoons.

The movie is directed by Ben Wheatley, who made the splendidly darkish comedy Sightseers in 2012. Sadly, little or no of that sinister-comic vibe carries over into this effort. Statham and firm wind up deep-diving into some form of underwater-mining facility within the movie’s first half, after which large sharks assault a trip resort for the finale. The movie opts for full sci-fi for its first half, after which makes a drastic flip towards horror-comedy in its second. To say the 2 subplots conflict a bit can be an understatement—they smash into one another.

The tone is far and wide, and there’s surprisingly little large shark motion for an enormous shark film. The “trench” opening up and letting out a bunch of small dinosaur-type creatures and an enormous octopus offers the movie monster-movie potential, nevertheless it by no means actually pays off and simply feels scattershot.

That stated, Meg 2: The Trench is markedly higher than the final two Jurassic Park films, and a gorier path would possibly’ve helped this absolutely succeed. As an alternative, it performs it protected at PG-13 and misses a possibility to be sick enjoyable, a minimum of in its extra action-filled second half.

Meg 2: The Trench is enjoying at theaters and streaming on varied platforms.

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