Never has ‘Beyond the Sea’ sounded so menacing. BioShock made it sinister enough, now the new trailer for The Meg has corrupted it even further.
The trailer introduces us spectacularly the Megoladon, an extinct species of Prehistoric Shark. Or is it? It is thought to have lived approximately 23 to 2.6 million years ago but, as the crew of the Mana One Research Station find out, we are not always exact in our science. According to the National Ocean Service, we humans have explored less than five percent of the ocean. There could be anything out there.
You cannot ignore the obvious comparisons to Jaws (1975) but the trailer seems to suggest that it is not only a thrilling dive into a Man v Nature narrative but that there is an undercurrent of humour reminiscent of Sharknado (2013). It begins with a very sleek, Sci-fi look to the underwater research station. Focusing on a little girl who encounters the Megoladon through the reinforced glass. The music is atmospheric, conveying that this film is serious, verging on horrific. There is then a jarring clash of atmospheres and we are transported to a yacht party with a very sensible dog swimming away from the sharked shaped silhouette breaking the surface. The humour comes through here as we meet a snarky character, played by Rainn Wilson, and it is especially apparent when you see the poster for the film - parodying the original Jaws poster.
The fluctuating tone of the trailer can probably be put down to the style of its director, Jon Turteltaub. Famous for National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) and Cool Runnings (1993) it is obvious this film is going to be a mish-mash of offbeat characters, funny one-liners and breathtaking action.
Coined ‘#JasonStatham-vs-a-giant-shark movie’, by The Nerdist, it is perfectly summed up. It looks to be an entertaining mix of action, jump-scares and playfulness and with some high profile names on the bill, such as Ruby Rose and Cliff Curtis along with Jason Statham, it suggests that The Meg may have something different to offer to the sub-genre of Man v Nature action films.