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Shark - Il primo squalo (2018)

The Meg (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 9 August 2018 (Italy)
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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

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Dean Georgaris (screenplay by), Jon Hoeber (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Statham ... Jonas Taylor
Bingbing Li ... Suyin
Rainn Wilson ... Morris
Cliff Curtis ... Mac
Winston Chao ... Zhang
Shuya Sophia Cai ... Meiying (as Sophia Cai)
Ruby Rose ... Jaxx
Page Kennedy ... DJ
Robert Taylor ... Heller
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson ... The Wall
Jessica McNamee ... Lori
Masi Oka ... Toshi
Raymond Vinten Raymond Vinten ... Dive Control Technician (as Raymond Vinton)
Hongmei Mai ... Mother (as Mai Hongmei)
Wei Yi Wei Yi ... Awesome Kid on Beach
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Storyline

Five years ago, expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor encountered an unknown danger in the unexplored recesses of the Mariana Trench that forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew. Though the tragic incident earned him a dishonorable discharge, what ultimately cost him his career, his marriage and any semblance of honor was his unsupported and incredulous claims of what caused it - an attack on his vessel by a mammoth, 70-foot sea creature, believed to be extinct for more than a million years. But when a submersible lies sunk and disabled at the bottom of the ocean - carrying his ex-wife among the team onboard - he is the one who gets the call. Whether a shot at redemption or a suicide mission, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life and the lives of everyone trapped below on a single question: Could the Carcharodon Megalodon - the largest marine predator that ever existed - still be alive ... and on the hunt? Written by Warner Brothers

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Rated PG-13 for action/peril, bloody images and some language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

9 August 2018 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Shark - Il primo squalo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,402,195, 12 August 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$62,609,062, 16 August 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$216,609,062, 16 August 2018
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Dolby Atmos

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Eli Roth was attached as director before being replaced by Jon Turteltaub. Roth left due to creative differences with the studio, namely that he wanted the film to maintain both its R-rating and a $150 million budget. It was also rumored that Roth, on top of writing and directing, also wanted to play the lead role of Jonas, but the studio believed he did not have the star power. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Taylor and crew first come upon the wreckage of the shark finning boat, you can see dead sharks with their fins removed floating among the wreckage. Sharks are negatively buoyant and without their fins sink straight to the bottom {or would have been gobbled up by the Meg). See more »

Quotes

Jonas Taylor: [to himself while swimming out to the shark] Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...
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Crazy Credits

The movie ends with the word "Fin", a reference to the title shark in addition to being French for "end." See more »

Connections

Spoofed in PWN: Just the Worst Movies - PWN #16 (2017) See more »

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That happens when studios interfere to much
10 August 2018 | by SilberfalkeSee all my reviews

As someone who really loves the first "MEG" novels I could not wait to see the movie. It was clear to me, that it will be different, and that from the moment on the trailer hit the screens. And I was okay with it and lowered my expectations.

I also love shark movies since "Jaws" (which I saw in theaters, just to say ;)) and I watched all of them since then, besides the Asylum productions...

"THE MEG" could have been a very entertaining and fun watch, despite the differences. And in some parts it was/is. Hell, I was and I am even okay with the cast. But I am totally sure the studio prevented it from all it could have been with its theatrical cut, that just plays it safe and makes the "Movie Meg" just a movie that you won't remember after a few days.

And that is a shame and a waisted opportunity!

I still give it 7 stars because I liked the cast, the music, the effects (they are not half as bad as some here are stating) and yes: I was entertained enough to like it. But I was all set to LOVE it, and that did not happen.

Rough cuts and jumps and way to less of a thrill but more of a loud action vehicle. There are enough successful movies nowadays that show at the box office that they score because studio bosses were risk taking.

So all we got is a popcorn flick to switch your brain off and enjoy. Surely okay, but sadly a missed opportunity. Steve Altens "MEG" deserved better.

But go. Watch it. Only then we might get a sequel that sets things straight :)


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