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THE MEG (2018) – My rating: 8/10

The Meg is a science fiction thriller, directed by Jon Turteltaub. The screenplay is by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber.  The Meg is loosely based on the 1997 book named Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten. The movie follows a group of scientists who encounter a 75-foot-long (23 m) megalodon shark while on a rescue mission at the floor of the Pacific Ocean.  I was so afraid The Meg was going to be another Jaws, which I have never seen.  Low and behold, it was not.

— SLIGHT SPOILERS —

Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham), a rescue diver, attempts to save a group of scientists trapped inside a nuclear submarine. As Jonas is rescuing the last survivor, he sees the hull of the submarine being rammed in by an unknown creature. When he returns to the rescue vessel, he discovers two members of his crew are stuck in the damaged submarine.  Jonas realizes if he attempts to finish the rescue, it would result in the death of everyone. Moments after leaving, the damaged sub is destroyed in an explosion. Jonas’ account of what happened, a giant sea creature was the cause of the disaster, was dismissed by Dr. Heller (Robert Taylor) who believed that Jonas was affected by pressure-induced psychosis.

Five years later, billionaire Jack Morris (Rainn Wilson) meets Dr. Minway Zhang (Wilson Chao) at the underwater research facility “Mana One”, which Morris finances. Zhang and his daughter, Suyin Zhang (Li Bingbing), an oceanographer, are supervising a mission to explore what may be an even deeper section of the Marianas trench concealed by a cloud of hydrogen sulfide, forming a thermocline. The mission is being conducted by Lori Taylor (Jessica McNamee), Jonas’ ex-wife, Toshi (Masi Oka) and The Wall (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) in a submersible. The mission appears to be going well until a very large creature hits the submersible and causes it to lose contact with Mana One.

James “Mac” Mackreides (Cliff Curtis), another crew member at the station, suggests sending Jonas down to attempt a rescue, citing the similarity to his story. Despite Heller’s objections, Zhang and Mac decide to travel to Thailand to recruit Jonas anyway. Suyin attempts the rescue herself in a submersible, but a colossal squid intervenes. Before the squid can crush the submersible, a massive shark kills it, freeing Suyin. Agreeing to help, Jonas is able to reach the trapped submersible and saves Lori and The Wall.

At this point, the adventure is just beginning.  This film will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through.  Brilliant acting and suspense keeps The Meg very interesting.  The rock bottom ideas they had to come up with throughout their journey, is mind blowing.  I really liked The Meg, I think you will like it as well.  There is so much more to this film that makes it a far cry from the same types of movies we usually see Jason Statham appear in. He didn’t have one physical fight during the entire movie.  Check it out!

 

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (2017) – My rating: 7.5/10

johnwick2John Wick: Chapter 2 is an action thriller sequel to the 2014 film John Wick. The plot follows the popular hitman after he goes on the run when a bounty is placed on his head.  There is so much fighting and killing in this sequel, it made me tired just watching.  John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is well connected and has everything he needs to get the job done.  The only thing he doesn’t have, that he really wants, is freedom.  After the first John Wick film,  John considered himself a former assassin who just, going forward, wanted to be left alone to live his life as a free man.  The sequel opens with John tracking down his stolen 1969 Ford Mustang, which he finds at a chop shop owned by Abram Tarasov (Peter Stormare), brother of Viggo and uncle of Iosef from the first film.  During the recovery of his car, it gets heavily damaged so he calls on Aurelio (John Leguizamo), the owner of a high-end chop shop to repair it. 

After a visit from Italian crime lord Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), John learns he is not free until he fulfills an oath sealed by blood years ago as a commitment into the assassins secret society.  When John refuses to honor his commitment, Santino burns down John beautiful home using a grenade launcher as a warning.   Winston (Ian McShane), the owner of the Continental hotel in New York City, reminds John that if he rejects the Marker, he will be violating one of the two unbreakable rules of the underworld: no killing on Continental ground, and the Markers must be honored. John accepts his duty and meets with D’Antonio, who tasks him with assassinating his sister Gianna D’Antonio (Claudia Gerini) so he can claim her seat on the “High Table,” a council of high-level crime lords. D’Antonio sends Ares (Ruby Rose), his personal bodyguard, to follow and keep an eye on John.

From here, the movie moves to Rome where John is expected to carry out his commitment.  Here he encounters Cassian (Common) an old colleague and bodyguard of Gianna’s.  There is much fighting, killing and counter plots as John fights to free himself from the Assassins underground organization.  Eventually, John seeks help from the underground crime lord Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne).  What ensues from this point is definitely a twist you won’t see coming.  John Wick is a killing machine — it’s all about survival and beating the odds.  The odds are bigger than any odds I’ve seen, which makes John’s journey seem pretty hopeless.  I wasn’t particularly fond of the sequel because of the endless killing and the hopeless plot.  John Wick: Chapter 2 has plenty of action and is not predictable.  If you don’t mind all the violence, check it out.