The Meg Parent Guide
This is one of those summer releases that knows exactly what kind of movie it wants to be and really sticks the landing.
Parent Movie Review
In the depths of the Pacific Ocean lurks a sharp-toothed predator, ready to chomp on your desire to go swimming this summer! When a deep-sea research station, funded by Morris (Rainn Wilson) and operated by Zhang (Winston Chao) and his daughter, Suyin (Bingbing Lao), discovers a lowerlevel of the ocean, they encounter some unexpected creatures. After their submersible pod is damaged, it is up to Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham), a burned-out rescue diver with a dark past, to save the crew from what lies beneath. Fortunately, the monsters of the deep are contained by a band of icy water near the ocean floor…for now.
As you might expect from a movie about a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark (the Megalodon), there is a lot of blood and gore. Dismembered limbs, an accidental stabbing, and various injuries associated with damaged ships and submarines are seen throughout. However, the violence is not overly gratuitous and is used mostly to further the plot. The sexual content is even less of an issue. One sexual pun is made between several adult characters, and Jason Statham is seen without his shirt. Otherwise, characters are dressed appropriately for their tasks, and the wetsuits are both mission-appropriate and seemingly unisex. Early on, the protagonist is seen on a drinking binge related to previous traumatic experiences. He sobers up and is not shown drinking for the rest of the film, with the implication that he has moved past his perceived need to rely on alcohol. And, for such an intense movie, there is less profanity than expected, although you will hear frequent mild swear words, terms of deity and scatological slang, along with a couple of moderate curses.
This is one of those summer releases that knows exactly what kind of movie it wants to be and really sticks the landing. The tension in some scenes was palpable in the theatre, and that’s not just because the 3D glasses were squishing my head. This film seems to have picked up on the idea that audiences will react more to the constant peril of the plot if the script has managed to make the characters likeable. None of the people on-screen are especially irritating, and the included child (Shuya Sophia Cai) is charming, smart, and funny. Even Jason Statham manages to be quite endearing in his role, which is a testament to the writing staff.
All in all, The Meg is well placed at PG-13, and it markets itself to that demographic of teenagers and youngadults. If your teen is especially sensitive to suspense or violence, this may be one to avoid. However, more thick-skinned viewers may enjoy taking a bite out of this thriller from the deep.Directed by Jon Turteltaub. Starring Ruby Rose, Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson. Running time: 113 minutes. Theatrical release August 10, 2018. Updated August 10, 2018
Rating & Content Info
Why is The Meg rated PG-13? The Meg is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for action/peril, bloody images and some language
Violence: Various injuries are shown, including small facial cuts and a deep wound on a leg. A number of implied deaths and bodies are seen. A woman is impaled by a small screwdriver, and blood is shown, but not the injury itself. A human arm is fished out of the ocean. A man is struck in the head by a boat. Several characters are eaten by a giant shark. Some individuals are menaced and battered by the shark. A large animal is eaten by another, as it hangs bleeding on a ship. An animal is blown up with explosives. A man’s severed hand is seen, but only from the front, with no detail of the wound. A shark is cut deeply, and then partially consumed by other animals. The film contains constant peril, and intense or startling scenes.
Sexual Content: There is a scene of a shirtless man, but he is towelled below the waist:This catches the attention of a female character in a scene that is played for laughs. Characters ogle and flirt with others. People are seen in swimwear, including some skimpy bikinis.
Profanity: Use of terms of deity throughout, along with some mild expletives. A handful of moderate expletives and scatological terms.
Alcohol / Drug Use: The protagonist is shown inebriated and drinking several beers during a low point in his life. He does not drink at any other point in the film.
Page last updated August 10, 2018
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The Meg Parents' Guide
Throughout the film, harm seldom befalls vulnerable persons, like children or dogs. Why are we uncomfortable with violent portrayals involving certain groups more than others? When “bad” characters are hurt, how do we react? Is it acceptable to be relieved or amused when the villain gets his or her comeuppance? Do you think that depictions of violence affect our perceptions of real events? How so? Is violence more acceptable when it is committed by a “force of nature”, rather than people?
One of the challenges faced by the characters in this movie is being forced to decide who can be saved, and who must be sacrificed. What factors do the characters take into consideration when making these life and death choices? What do you think you would do if you faced such a dilemma?
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