First trailer for “The Meg”, with Jason Statham against a giant shark

First trailer for "The Meg", with Jason Statham against a giant shark

Gigantic monster movies are cool, and if action star Jason Statham is in them then it must be even cooler. The Meg (2018) is already completed, and before its release this August first we can witness some footage in the shape of a trailer. In it we see what we expected, giant sea creatures, the group of scientists and hunters running for their lives, and the titanic shark devouring anything on its way.

This is the official plot shared by Warner Bros.: Five years ago, expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor encountered an unknown danger in the unexplored recesses of the Mariana Trench that forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew. Though the tragic incident earned him a dishonorable discharge, what ultimately cost him his career, his marriage and any semblance of honor was his unsupported and incredulous claims of what caused it – an attack on his vessel by a mammoth, 70-foot sea creature, believed to be extinct for more than a million years. But when a submersible lies sunk and disabled at the bottom of the ocean – carrying his ex-wife among the team onboard – he is the one who gets the call. Whether a shot at redemption or a suicide mission, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life and the lives of everyone trapped below on a single question: Could the Carcharodon Megalodon – the largest marine predator that ever existed – still be alive … and on the hunt?

Well, it is clear, no? The Meg (2018) is based on the Steve Alten novel of the same name, an expert in sea documentaries and monster fictions. The script has been through several hands among all the years the project has been in development, being James Vanderbilt the author of the final screenplay. He has also been involved in the writing of other action, science fiction and thrillers like Zodiac (2007), The Losers (2010), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) or Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), so surely knows how to bloom an entertaining one. Jon Turteltaub, known for his romantic comedies in the 1990s like While You Were Sleeping (1995), Phenomenon (1996) and The Kid (2000), but later focusing in more adventure-themed films like the underrated National Treasure (2004), it’s still decent sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007), or the awful The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010).

Jason Statham leads the cast of The Meg (2018) that also include Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson, Robert Taylor, Cliff Curtis, Bingbing Li, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Masi Oka, Page Kennedy, Rob Kipa-Williams and Shuya Sophia Cai among others. Well, I am already excited enough, so here is the first trailer:


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