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'Meg 2: The Trench' Review: How to Sink a Franchise

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The Meg was a huge financial success for Warner Brothers in 2018. Naturally when a film makes a lot of money, studios love to expand on the universe and give an audience the sequel. With Meg 2: The Trench, there are multiple megalodons instead of just one. The first film in the franchise: The Meg wasn't a huge success with critics and audiences even though it made over $500 million worldwide but will Meg 2: The Trench be any better? Let's discuss.

Meg 2: The Trench takes place a year after the death of Suyin. Suyin was the leader of the company exploring wildlife in the ocean. Now leaving behind Jonas and her daughter Meiying, her brother decides to take over the company and go on new adventures. Jonas and Meiying have developed a close bond after Suyin's death. Their relationship is the best part of the film. Jonas now has a new crew exploring with him but most of them are forgettable characters that add nothing to the new story.

The action of Meg 2: The Trench is decent but silly at the same time. There was about 5 slow motion sequences where characters are shooting a gun and diving across the screen. The classic action trope just looked silly in this film and made the film less serious. You can argue that they weren't trying to be serious with some of the choices made in this film.

The lack of seriousness in Meg 2: The Trench made me feel like I was watching another shark movie Sharknado. You know when you're watching a movie, it's so silly and bad that you just have to laugh. That was me in certain moments of this film. There were also moments where I was cringing of how bad it was. In particular, the dialogue in this film is just terrible. The story leaves nothing to be desired for. In fact, I was counting down the minutes until the film was over.

Meg 2: The Trench stars Jason Statham, Cliff Curtis, Jing Wu, and Shuya Sophia Cai. It is directed for Ben Wheatley, who is known for directing horror films. The expectation was that we were going to get a scarier shark film. Instead, we got a silly shark film that will make you laugh and cringe at the same time.

Meg 2: The Trench is still in theaters and is streaming on various platforms.

Grade: D

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