Action


The Meg


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Action
Runtime:
113 mins
Stars:
Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson
Director:
Jon Turteltaub
Producer:
Belle Avery, Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Content at a Glance

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Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
1
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


some banter

Language


frequent swearing ranging from omg and misuses of christ’s name to sob, d**n, as**ole, and more.

Violence


plenty of gore: whales and sharks are killed and eaten by the meg, humans swallowed whole, limbs bitten off, a close-up on a puncture wound, and more. helicopters, boats, and submarines are destroyed with people inside. dead bodies are frequently seen.

Drugs


taylor has a reputation of alcoholism and is occasionally seen drinking beer.

Nudity


one scene with taylor in a towel; many people seen wearing swimsuits.

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

After nearly losing his life to a massive shark, rescue diver Jonas Taylor and a team of researchers must face their fears to rescue those trapped in a submarine six miles under the surface.


Movie Message

Megalodon makes Jaws look like a trout. It can bite through a blue whale easily, swallow shark cages whole, and destroy deep-sea submarines effortlessly. Fortunately for the clueless team of scientists who awakened the beast, there is one man smarter than the Megalodon. Jonas Taylor (Jason Stratham) plays the hero again and again as he seems to be the only one who grasps the gravity of the situation. The rest of the team displays an ignorant optimism that predictably gets many of them killed.

The Meg often has a goofy, jovial feel as the characters crack jokes even seconds after being attacked by the shark. Though the humor lightens the mood of the film, its hard to relate with and often feels out of place (most people would be curled up in a corner having a panic attack). Don’t let yourself be lulled into a false sense of security though. There are plenty of gory casualties and jump-scares as the shark displays its impressive appetite.

As the team spars with the shark, they encounter difficult situations where they must choose between their individual safety or the safety of someone they love. This film navigates the morality of these split-second decisions showing the good and bad consequences that often accompany them. Love often prevails, and team members sacrifice their own well-being to give someone else a fighting chance. These selfless actions raise the amount of integrity in The Meg to a significant level.

Dove Take

In this next-level shark thriller, the only rival to the bad judgement calls made by the hapless team of scientists is their readiness to give up their lives for one another.

Despite the integrity, there is enough violence and profanity (though not exactly gratuitous) to warrant approaching this film with caution. Dove.org does not approve The Meg.

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