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Why Jason Statham movie The Meg is this summer's craziest monster mash

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If you think Jaws is scary, you ain't seen nothin' yet!

At 25-feet-long, Jaws is one scary shark. But imagine, for a moment, being pursued by a 75-foot creature… That's what Jason Statham and friends are up against in The Meg.

The Meg is short for megalodon… Be scared...

Heard of it? No? Obviously you're a little rusty on your extinct creature knowledge, then. The megalodon was a species of shark that lived approximately 70 million to 10 million years ago and was the largest carnivorous fish ever to have existed on Earth (it was so gigantic, its favourite meal was whale!). So, yeah, basically the megalodon was so vicious, deadly, and powerful, it could have eaten Jaws for dinner.

This could be the Stath's most fearsome foe yet - he's battled Triads, foreign dictators, CIA agents and Melissa McCarthy in a granny wig, but a 75-foot megalodon looks to be one adversary that may prove unbeatable, even for the meanest mutha in the movies. Can the 50-year-old Derbyshire-born hardman knock out the biggest shark that ever lived?


So what's the story?

Over to Warner Bros for the official synopsis…

"A deep-sea submersible - part of an international undersea observation program - has been attacked by a massive creature that was previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific… with its crew trapped inside.

"With time running out, expert deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew - and the ocean itself - from this unstoppable threat: a prehistoric 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below… bringing him face-to-face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time." Crikey.

Expect thrills and laughs

So far, the only footage released has been the trailer, and it suggests that, while it's certainly going to deliver on the thrills and the chills, it's also got its tongue planted firmly in its cheek. 

This could be the first in a series…

The Meg is based on a 1997 book by Steve Alten titled Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror. The book was such a success that Altern followed it up with, to date, five sequels. So, should The Meg be the box office smash the studio is crossing its fingers and toes for, we'll be seeing a lot more of the Stath and his monstrously fanged nemesis. The Meg swims into Cineworld on 10 August.