Ever since Steven Spielberg pioneered the genre, Hollywood man-or-woman-versus-shark flicks have all strategically been released in summer months. Shark hysteria, you see, ebbs and flows like the tide – peaking in summer when sunbathers flock to the coasts to evade the heat. Last summer it was 47 Meters Down starring Mandy Moore. The summer before that it was The Shallows starring Blake Lively. And this summer look out for The Meg, starring Jason Statham.
Here’s the synopsis courtesy of Warner Brothers:
“In the film, 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 (Jason 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.”
No one could have imagined?
Save the crew – and the ocean itself? If Megalodon was already in the ocean since prehistoric times, why would it need… oh, nevermind.
The film comes out August 10th.