Prehistoric Shark Thriller ‘The Meg’ Makes ‘Jaws’ Look Like ‘Finding Nemo’

Did we just compare Steven Spielberg’s classic killer-shark horror to a family fun Disney movie? Yes, yes we did, and it’s all thanks to the fact that Warner Bros has just released a trailer to their upcoming prehistoric shark thriller The Meg.

Jaws was big and scary, and we can see why he put off a generation of swimmers from going back into the ocean. Meg, however, looks to be even bigger, scarier and has a pun-tastic tagline. Does that mean it’s going to be better? Watch the trailer and let us know:

The Meg is directed by Jon Turteltaub‘s (National Treasure, 2004) and stars Jason Statham (the Fast and Furious franchise) and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (The Forbidden Kingdom, 2008). It is based on the 1997 science fiction book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten.

Here’s the synopsis:

“A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.”

In the real world, megalodons died out around 2.6 million years ago, which is actually quite recent in terms of geological history. Scientists believe they probably looked like stockier version of the great white shark. They were one of the largest and most powerful predators to ever live, growing to lengths of 18 meters (59ft), which is a bit smaller than the creature Jason Statham has to deal with. Still, creative licence and all. On paper, this does have a slight B-movie feel, but let’s wait and see; we could be pleasantly surprised.


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