Watch: Meg 2: The Trench 2023 123movies, Full Movie Online – A research team encounters multiple threats while exploring the depths of the ocean, including a malevolent mining operation..
Plot: An exploratory dive into the deepest depths of the ocean of a daring research team spirals into chaos when a malevolent mining operation threatens their mission and forces them into a high-stakes battle for survival.
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Meg 2 doesn’t really feel like a follow up film, to its 2018 counterpart. Indeed, the latest instalment feels more like a platform for various action “stunts”.
The giant,prehistoric shark’s are essentially window dressing, for a variety of frenetic action sequences, where things blow up, are torn apart, shot at, harpooned, people gobbled up Jaws and Jurassic Park style and what I can only describe as acrobatic, aquatic scenes with jet ski’s and the like, all take place. They even throw in a giant squid, to spice things up.
Or put more simply, this is a messy mash up, of derivative, often dispirit ideas. Unsurprisingly, the results a bit chaotic, with no compass to direct the viewer, in terms of the story, such as it is. Its quite watchable, in its own way but it never really goes anywhere.
In summary, watchable on a very visually superficial level. Lots of action but little in the way of an established story, to pull the whole thing together.
Now the “Meg” (2018) itself could never be called a good film, but it is a great deal better than this muddled and derivative effort. “Jonas” (Jason Statham) is now working as a sort of eco-policeman trying to stop the dumping of toxic waste into the oceans, and after a snappy “007” style opening, he is daringly rescued by “Mac” (Clff Curtis) and “Rigas” (Melissanthu Mahut) and returned to the research centre where he is reunited with “Jess” (Skyler Samuels), “DJ” (Page Kennedy) and the adrenalin seeking “Juiming” (Jing Wu) who are nursing the daughter of the last megalodon! The team now travel to a remote installation where they must investigate some more of the beasties that live below the frozen layer put there by nature to ensure than we don’t mix. Thing is, it seems they are not the only folks who’ve hit on the idea that there might be untapped riches 25,000 feet below the surface, and soon our team are involved in a contretemps with “Montes” (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) that introduces treachery, double-dealing and causes explosions galore that release not just megs, but also an enormous octopus into the ocean where they can merrily terrorise the holidaymakers on the nearby resort of “Fun Island”. Can “Jonas” et al manage to take on four of these super-creatures before they’ve snacked their way through the tourists? This might have been a bit better if they’d just cut all the preamble and gone straight to the rig and to the underwater action, big fish and pyrotechnics. As it is, we spend far too long meandering about on the surface meeting the characters and there’s way too much pointless dialogue throughout – though one or two half-hearted witticisms and puns help a little – before an ending that is entirely predictable and really rather processionally so. The acting is just banal, the continuity is all over the place – as is the editing – and the huge chunk of Ali Baba money that’s floated this thing ensures that the switches from the English to Chinese languages actually smacks more of keeping everybody happy in the boardroom rather than engaging anyone in the actual cinema. Simply, even the charismatic Statham cannot rescue this from the doldrums of CGI-led mediocrity that churns out an unremarkable hybrid of “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park”. It does need a big screen. If you wait til it’s on the telly then you will be even more disappointed. Mind you, is that actually possible?
A lacklustre sequel
I wasn’t expecting great things from Meg 2. At best I was hoping for some mindless fun, but the film largely fails to deliver even this.
Mostly this is because, like most monster movies, it gets too bogged down with uninteresting human melodrama. All of the sub plots and character interactions just feel so bland and uninspired, and dilute the main attraction of the film, which is of course the big shark action. As a result I actually think this film has a criminal lack of Meg action, and this made the whole thing lacking in tension slightly.
As mentioned, the human side of things is lacking, and this is mostly due to the abundance of cliches, be it the characters themselves, the writing, or the performances. It’s all just so generic and formulaic that it becomes a chore to even listen to the dialogue by the end of the film.
At nearly 2 hours the film is far too long, and its pacing suffers slightly as a result. I really don’t think a film with this premise should have you checking your watch.
To give this film some credit, there are some pretty exciting sequences, but they are just too few and far between. The whole thing just needed more tension, more pace, and less distracting human drama.
Meg 2: The Trench is a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for some mindless fun, but it is just too frustrating to really deliver much enjoyment.
Spies, corporate espionage and super-suits (spoilers after a warning)
From my review for Jurassic World Dominion: “If I were to list out all the things this movie focuses on, dinosaurs would be fifth or sixth, behind multiple storylines that range from bland to useless. I’m baffled by how little focus is on dinosaurs.”
Now just switch “dinosaurs” with “giant sharks” and you have Meg 2: The Trench. If you’re here for a creature feature, you will be disappointed. At least 80% of the movie has zero to do with sharks.
It starts with a fight scene that seems like it should be in a Bourne movie. I wondered, am I in the right place? Then we’re introduced to super-suits that can break boulders. What movie is this again? There is a fully useless espionage subplot. Where am I???
Meg 2 is ridiculously dumb. The action is mostly gibberish and impossible to see. I couldn’t even tell which characters were dying. The story is useless. There are so many cheesy moments. The attempts at jump scares are laughable. Like, are you even trying?
You never feel the stakes. At one point the characters are in a dire situation that will be extremely difficult to survive. Their lives are all in danger, and yet they walk around in wonderment and awe like they’re on a fun adventure.
This movie made me laugh a lot. But only a couple times was it intentional. It’s 8 stars on the So Bad It’s Good scale. If you liked the first one, you might enjoy it. But I don’t recommend it unless you want to laugh at how bad it is.
(1 viewing, opening Thursday UltraScreen 8/3/2023)
A few things I remember that I couldn’t believe, to the point of laughter.
(1) The villain guy in the trench facility has Statham unconscious but doesn’t kill him. I think, maybe there’s a reason he needs him alive. But that would already conflict with the previous scene where the villain woman asks someone to kill Statham. And even worse, as soon as Statham wakes up, they start fighting. And it’s clear that the villain guy is trying to kill Statham.
They could have at least tried to make sense. Maybe tie him up to interrogate him and Statham is able to escape. Then it wouldn’t be so glaring. But no, it’s just atrocious writing and they hope you won’t notice or care.
(2) Two good guys armed with a taser and mace are able to beat five bad guys armed with automatic rifles. I kid you not. And it’s not like they had the element of surprise. The bad guys knew where they were. Made me laugh so hard.
(3) There is a character named Rigas who at one point seriously considers killing Statham to save herself. Later she begs Statham to seal the hatch and leave a team member behind to die. Then the movie has the gall to give her this line with regards to Statham’s adopted daughter: “I’ll protect her with my life.”
She is literally the last non-villain in the movie who I would trust her with. She is more likely to sacrifice the daughter to save herself. Even after this we see her put another friend in danger by running and leaving him behind. I thought they were setting her up to die, but nope. Horrible character.
(4) The super rich head boss villain lady is sitting in the chopper waiting to leave a highly dangerous situation. She’s completely fine with killing innocent people, a character we’d likely see abandoning her henchmen to ensure her safety. Yet when she hears a noise, she tells the pilot to go investigate.
Let me repeat that. She sends the pilot, the only one who can fly the chopper, out to investigate in a scenario where people are getting eaten by giant lizards. I can’t do it, man. It’s too dumb to handle.
(5) I know this is supposed to be a light and fun movie, but these characters just watched, nay, experienced numerous friends and team members dying. And yet they are celebrating, toasting, and making jokes at the end. Not even a moment to remember the fallen?
There is so much more, I just can’t remember. Probably because it’s so forgettable.
EDIT: I can’t believe I forgot to mention Statham swimming at the bottom of the ocean without a super-suit. They give you some explanation that sounds like complete nonsense. You just have to fill your sinuses with water??????? How do you do that? Even if you can… how do you prevent your lungs from collapsing? They could have easily written around this. It’s just lazy.
Original Language en
Genre Action, Adventure, Horror
Director Ben Wheatley
Writer Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Dean Georgaris
Actors Jason Statham, Jing Wu, Shuya Sophia Cai
Country United States, China
Awards 1 win
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