Less than two months after its release in theaters, “The Meg 2: The Trench” is diving into the streaming world. The big-budget sequel arrives on Max on Sept. 29.
The film, about a murderous 80-foot prehistoric shark, is directed by “Rebecca” helmer Ben Wheatley, who takes the reins from Jon Turteltaub. Turteltaub directed the first installment of the franchise, which took $530 million worldwide. Jason Statham reprises his role in the sequel, which also stars Wu Jing, Cliff Curtis, Sienna Guillory, Skyler Samuels, Page Kennedy, Shuya Sophia Cai and Sergio Peris-Mencheta. Li Bingbing, who led “The Meg” opposite Statham, is not a part of the sequel.
In order to stream the film, you’ll have to sign up for a Max account, with subscriptions starting at $9.99/Month. You can also access Max through Prime Video’s add-on, which offers a 7-day free trial.
Critics have feasted on the film, giving it a dreadful 28% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the pulverizing reviews didn’t seem to have much of an impact on audiences who don’t turn up to these type of movies out of a desire to see the work of an auteur. Instead, they rush to the theaters for a chance to witness a 75-foot-long megalodon crush to bones a group of scientists.
The shark thriller swam to $142 million at the global box office after its international debut, a strong start for the $130 million-budgeted film, which was co-financed by Warner Bros. and China Media Capital.
“The ‘Meg’ movies have now shot beyond flagrant ‘Jaws’ nostalgia to become their own semi-tongue-in-cheek trash thing,” Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review. “They’re kind of like ‘Godzilla’ movies minus the atomic-bomb subtext. They make Godzilla look deep.”
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