Director Jon Turtletaub
Written by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber
Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Ruby Rose, Robert Taylor, Winston Chao, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Sophia Cai, Masi Oka,
When a research team trying to discover the secrets of the deepest parts of the ocean accidentally unleash a long believed extinct Megalodon into the open waters, it is up to a team of deep-sea divers to bring it down.
This is not a great movie, I will start by saying, no I did not really enjoy this.
The main criticism I have is that it doesn’t know what genre it wants to be. There are too many moments where it is trying to be serious, but with a ridiculous concept, it tries to be a B grade monster movie, but fails in execution.
Another annoying part of the film is the lead Statham. He drifts in and out of his natural accent, and is occasionally heard using an American accent, and the inconsistencies are jarring, and bring the already faulting film down even more.
Many of the characters are either just dislikeable, and over the top melodramatic – and act in no way a normal person would behave. There is also one character who appears in the beginning act of the entire movie (and who Statham’s character has a strong history with) that is completely forgotten about for about an hour after – to the point where I actually forgot all about her character.
Wilson seems like he had fun as the billionaire who is funding the entire mission, but even his character is inconsistent from one scene to another.
There are clear writing inconsistencies, and with three people at the helm of the screenplay – it is clear that there were too many ideas being thrown out. Most of which did not work.
At 113 minutes, it is almost half an hour too long, and could have done with some editing. There are pacing issues throughout.
Unbelievably this is getting a sequel. Coming soon.