Definitely a case where the book is way better than the movie!
The MEG (Release Date: August 10th, 2018)
After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Rating/ Runtime: PG-13/ 1hr 58
I have been waiting for this movie for what feels like centuries. I am almost more obsessed with sharks than I am dinosaurs, so a prehistoric shark is like my mecca! I fully expected this to be a cheesy flick and was okay with that, but then I read THE BOOK!
In hindsight, that was most likely a big mistake. I mean, I hadn’t even known it was based on a book or a series of books in this case. Now having read these phenomenal books, my expectations soared. For example, I was very confused with the casting of Jason Statham. Why this action star type? Well, if you read the book you will learn that ‘Jonas Taylor’ started out as a deep-sea diver for the Navy before getting his doctorate and becoming a Megalodon expert. Now the casting makes more sense. Unfortunately, so much of ‘Taylor’s’ back story is left out or changed in the movie. A huge mistake in my opinion.
The film seems to be primarily based on MEG book #1, but there is also a mash of other things from the rest of the series of books and I feel that was where the film went wrong.
There was enough material from the first book alone. In fact, the film leaves out so much it was detrimental to the plot. What could have been a very exciting and totally unique shark movie, becomes a poor imitation of JAWS. There is so much science and research behind the book which could have legitimized the movie but the movie nose-dives after a strong beginning.
Don’t get me wrong, I found it entertaining but I am probably more generous in my opinion because I enjoy monster movies. They could have done so much more with this adaptation and ultimately I was left disappointed. Oh well, guess I’ll just have to read the book again.