Review: Turteltaub's 'The Meg' Movie is Fun, Dumb, and Full of Chum

After seeing Steven Spielberg's Jaws as a teenager, Steve Alten went straight to his local public library and checked out every book he could find on great white sharks. In those texts, he stumbled upon a black-and-white photo (seen here) of scientists seated in the massive, reconstructed jaw of a megalodon — the prehistoric cousin of the Great White shark, believed to have been extinct for more than two million years. The image of a 75-foot-long shark that could swallow a Volkswagen whole never left Alten's mind, and 22 years later he published his first novel, Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, a science-fiction horror story about a prehistoric megalodon shark that rises from the depths of the Mariana Trench to hunt once again. Since 1997, a movie based on the novel has been stuck in development hell. Filmmakers like Jan de Bont (Speed, Twister), Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim), and Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) were all attached to ...
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