Meg 2: The Trench: Movie Review

Meg 2: The Trench Movie Review: Better Left Dead

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One of the biggest surprises for us back in 2018, "The Meg" was the over-the-top, silly guilty pleasure that we still fondly remember even five years after its release. And with its predecessor's success, "The Meg 2: The Trench" tries to make lightning strike twice. Sadly, the sequel is has lost the script and off the rails and felt like the unnecessary sequel that it truly is this time around.

Years after their first encounter with a megalodon, humans have now a meg that is in captivity. Research is also ramping up in exploring further into the trench that have housed the megs for eons. But on their latest research dive, Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) and his crew discover that there is an illegal mining operation happening within the trench. When they are detected by the miners, they find themselves in a battle of survival in the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean. With megs and humans out to get them, can Jonas and his team survive and get back to the surface in one piece?  

One thing that we remember about "The Meg" was you just simply needed to turn off your brain and don't think too much. This advice still holds true for the sequel - even more so this time. The sequel ramps up every single campiness to whole new levels of absurdity. But what we noticed was the film's laziness because of its purported silliness. There were a lot of continuity errors that hounded scene after scene in the film. We accept absurdity any day but not a senseless jumbled mess. Another change that hounded us was the lack of megs this time around. One factor that we loved about the first film was its tense-filled scenes because of the unseen meg. But the sequel scraps the "Jaws"-like formula and instead relies on all out action to bring in the thrill. There are three megs here but they are barely featured at all. This sequel misses the mark simply because it failed to build up on what made the first film fun and memorable.

Rating: 2 reels

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