Now available on all formats is the sequel to the successful “creature feature” film, The Meg, appropriately called The Meg 2: The Trench.
My husband and I went to see The Meg when it was out in theaters back in the summer of 2018. I knew from the moment I saw the film’s trailer that I wanted to see it, and, I wanted to see it on the big screen. After all, the film is about a Megalodon.
Megalodons are ginormous prehistoric sharks that lived between 23 to 3.6 million years ago.
The Meg 2: The Trench stars Jason Statham. Wu Jing, Sophia Cai, Page Kennedy, Sergio Peris-Mencheta. Skyler Samuels and Cliff Curtis.
Years have passed. Jonas (Statham) has been fighting environmental crimes as well as working with the scientific group, Mana One, to continue to explore the Marianna Trench, where the original Megalodons came from. He’s also co-parenting Suyin’s now teenage daughter, Meiying (Cai) along side her uncle, Jiuming Zhang (Jing). He is also a part of the Mana One team.
When exploring the depths of the Marianna Trench, the crew has technological issues and are forced to land on the ocean floor. Unbeknown to them when they took off, Meiying snuck on to the submarine.
Before they were grounded, the team came across an station on the bottom of the ocean floor where it’s presumed they were doing illegal mining.
The teams only chance of survival is to walk along the bottom of the ocean floor, surrounded by prehistoric Megalodons and other deadly sea creatures.
The team soon learns that sometimes the more deadly thing to worry about is not something with massive teeth and a fin.
Does anyone survive to make it to the surface? What was being mined? What did the team stumble upon? To find out, check out The Meg 2: The Trench. Look for it where ever movies are sold and/or rented.
This film didn’t waste any time when it came to action sequences. The first 5+ minutes of the movie is action-packed. I was hoping the rest of the film maintained that momentum. Sadly, it did not.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the film and have already watched it several times. In my opinion it doesn’t hold a candle to the original film. The original film focused more on trying to capture and kill the deadly beast where as this film was more focused on how corrupt people can be.
There was no enough “shark action” as their was in the predecessor. There are Megalodons in this film, in fact, several of them. They just don’t have as much “air time” as in the original film.
The special effects in this film are just as jaw dropping as in the first film. It truly looks like massive sharks roam the ocean, especially when they take chase on humans. It looks like they are really chasing them. There is a scene where Jonas is being chased by a Megalodon across a pier that confirms what I am saying. The way the wood broke apart looked so realistic. You can see some of that scene in the trailer featured below.
The acting in this film was excellent. I personally enjoy Jason Statham. Not only is he a great action and dramatic actor, but he has that snarky sense of humor that I thoroughly enjoy.
It was interesting to see Meiying all grown up now. She was ten when she filmed the original film. She’s still only fifteen years old.
WHY they had to kill off Jonas’ love interest and Meiying’s mother, Li Bingbing, I’ll never know. I would have rather they said she was away on an expedition or something like that. It’s assumed they got married, since Jonas is co-parenting her daughter with her brother. The reason for her death was never mentioned in the film.
The film was not as good as the original, but it’s still fun to watch. The best parts of the film happen the last 10+ minutes where it’s just non-stop craziness (in a good way).
There are some bonus features on the Blu-ray version of the film.
Meg 2: The Trench Premium Digital Ownership, 4K UHD and Blu-ray contain the following special features:
- The Making of Meg 2: The Trench – Cast and crew revisit the making of the film and working with new and returning cast members, then highlight the beauty and challenges of working with a Meg they can’t see!
- Up From the Depths: Even More Beasts – Director Ben Wheatley, cast and producers guide fans through the creation and design of the new creatures seen in Meg 2: The Trench.
Below is the film’s theatrical trailer for your enjoyment. The film is no longer in theaters.
*I received a free copy of the film in order do do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.