Movie Review: Meg 2: The Trench
Synopsis: Five years after a fatal incident involving the accidental release of prehistoric megalodon, research of the Mariana Trench continues. While following a group of megalodon to their breeding area, Jonas Taylor and his team discover a secret and illegal mining operation and soon find themselves in danger both from the creatures in the trench and the people determined to keep the mining operation secret.
Review: My wife and I both enjoyed the first movie more than expected so when I heard there was going to be a sequel, I wanted to see it at the theater on the big screen. That didn't happen because of scheduling conflicts but after finally seeing it tonight, I am kind of glad about that.
This is one of those movies that wasn't terrible but also wasn't anywhere near as good as the original. I think a big part of the reason why that was the case was the filmmakers just seemed to be trying to do too much.
Here's the thing, when you have a monster movie, the monsters should be the main focus. Instead, this film made the same mistake the Jurassic World movies made, emphasizing a group of evil humans who really aren't needed to make the film entertaining. It would have fine to just have the mining operation causing the problem with the megalodon and other deep-water creatures that came to the surface. Having them stick around through the entire length of the movie was just overkill.
The movie also seemed to go out of its way to unnecessarily put the heroes into danger, especially toward the end. The megalodons ceased to be a problem (at least in the short term) as soon as they made it to dry land, yet Jonas (Stratham) still felt the need to antagonize them when they could have focused on the other, easier to kill, monsters.
That said, there were still some great moments in the movie, including some impossible escape situations, a few great fight scenes and a surprise mega monster that added a whole new twist toward the end of the film. These did make the film entertaining to watch, though not entertaining enough where I regretted not seeing it at the theater.
Final Opinion: As I said, the first film was definitely better. However, despite this, I do think the movie is worth watching if you aren't paying to watch it.
My Grade: B-