Watch: Meg 2: The Trench 2023 123movies, Full Movie Online – A research team encounters multiple threats while exploring the depths of the ocean, including a malevolent mining operation..
Plot: An exploratory dive into the deepest depths of the ocean of a daring research team spirals into chaos when a malevolent mining operation threatens their mission and forces them into a high-stakes battle for survival.
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Now the “Meg” (2018) itself could never be called a good film, but it is a great deal better than this muddled and derivative effort. “Jonas” (Jason Statham) is now working as a sort of eco-policeman trying to stop the dumping of toxic waste into the oceans, and after a snappy “007” style opening, he is daringly rescued by “Mac” (Clff Curtis) and “Rigas” (Melissanthu Mahut) and returned to the research centre where he is reunited with “Jess” (Skyler Samuels), “DJ” (Page Kennedy) and the adrenalin seeking “Juiming” (Jing Wu) who are nursing the daughter of the last megalodon! The team now travel to a remote installation where they must investigate some more of the beasties that live below the frozen layer put there by nature to ensure than we don’t mix. Thing is, it seems they are not the only folks who’ve hit on the idea that there might be untapped riches 25,000 feet below the surface, and soon our team are involved in a contretemps with “Montes” (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) that introduces treachery, double-dealing and causes explosions galore that release not just megs, but also an enormous octopus into the ocean where they can merrily terrorise the holidaymakers on the nearby resort of “Fun Island”. Can “Jonas” et al manage to take on four of these super-creatures before they’ve snacked their way through the tourists? This might have been a bit better if they’d just cut all the preamble and gone straight to the rig and to the underwater action, big fish and pyrotechnics. As it is, we spend far too long meandering about on the surface meeting the characters and there’s way too much pointless dialogue throughout – though one or two half-hearted witticisms and puns help a little – before an ending that is entirely predictable and really rather processionally so. The acting is just banal, the continuity is all over the place – as is the editing – and the huge chunk of Ali Baba money that’s floated this thing ensures that the switches from the English to Chinese languages actually smacks more of keeping everybody happy in the boardroom rather than engaging anyone in the actual cinema. Simply, even the charismatic Statham cannot rescue this from the doldrums of CGI-led mediocrity that churns out an unremarkable hybrid of “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park”. It does need a big screen. If you wait til it’s on the telly then you will be even more disappointed. Mind you, is that actually possible?
Meg 2 doesn’t really feel like a follow up film, to its 2018 counterpart. Indeed, the latest instalment feels more like a platform for various action “stunts”.
The giant,prehistoric shark’s are essentially window dressing, for a variety of frenetic action sequences, where things blow up, are torn apart, shot at, harpooned, people gobbled up Jaws and Jurassic Park style and what I can only describe as acrobatic, aquatic scenes with jet ski’s and the like, all take place. They even throw in a giant squid, to spice things up.
Or put more simply, this is a messy mash up, of derivative, often dispirit ideas. Unsurprisingly, the results a bit chaotic, with no compass to direct the viewer, in terms of the story, such as it is. Its quite watchable, in its own way but it never really goes anywhere.
In summary, watchable on a very visually superficial level. Lots of action but little in the way of an established story, to pull the whole thing together.
A lacklustre sequel
I wasn’t expecting great things from Meg 2. At best I was hoping for some mindless fun, but the film largely fails to deliver even this.
Mostly this is because, like most monster movies, it gets too bogged down with uninteresting human melodrama. All of the sub plots and character interactions just feel so bland and uninspired, and dilute the main attraction of the film, which is of course the big shark action. As a result I actually think this film has a criminal lack of Meg action, and this made the whole thing lacking in tension slightly.
As mentioned, the human side of things is lacking, and this is mostly due to the abundance of cliches, be it the characters themselves, the writing, or the performances. It’s all just so generic and formulaic that it becomes a chore to even listen to the dialogue by the end of the film.
At nearly 2 hours the film is far too long, and its pacing suffers slightly as a result. I really don’t think a film with this premise should have you checking your watch.
To give this film some credit, there are some pretty exciting sequences, but they are just too few and far between. The whole thing just needed more tension, more pace, and less distracting human drama.
Meg 2: The Trench is a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for some mindless fun, but it is just too frustrating to really deliver much enjoyment.
Just Try And Enjoy It For What It Is.
A -N/A- Screen Mini Review ; Seen 08-03-23.
Woman, to nearby man : “You can relax. This place, ‘Meg-proof’. I mean, Jonas was always afraid of this, but I was also thinking…..” N/A.
( Scene features in the official trailer by Warner Bros. Pictures ; hence a Non-spoiler ).
You already -Know- that this “Ain’t No Oppenheimer”, nor was it -ever- intended to be one. Bearing that in mind, here’s a few thoughts to get the boat rowing. Isn’t the reason that we -N/A- . . . Of our “own-free-will”, N/A . . . To see a larger-than-life N/A, “UTTERLY BONKERS LEVEL” sci-fi action extravaganza such as ‘Meg 2: The Trench’ ( to be referred to simply as ‘Meg-2’ here ) . . . That we wish to ‘Escape’, be ‘Enthralled’, and perhaps most significantly of all . . . ” Be able to let our hair down for a while, and just have a little ‘Serious’ Cinematic -N/A- ? ? ? ” Just Sayin’. ( And if you consider yourself to be a -true- lover of action movies, then you will most -definitely- be able to relate to Meg-2 ).
Jason Statham has been one of my favourite action heroes for the longest time, & well & truly -Delivers- in Meg-2 as ‘Jonas Taylor’, inasmuchas the “kicking *ss” department is concerned. However, the absence of Bing Bing Li ..N/A.. was an unequivocal disappointment, as her presence in ‘The Meg’ was nothing less than sheerly delightful. In contrast, Page Kennedy N/A, not only reprises his role ..with ‘Panache!’.. but also brings some -genuinely enjoyable suprises with him . . . -N/A- performs the massively exhilarating hip-hop song “Chomp”! If I have one -major- criticism of the film, it is that the -extremely- deadly Komodo Dragon like prehistoric creatures on “Fun Island” N/A were, for want of a better expression . . . Just permitted to er, well, simply “be there” ( this is -very- obviously implied ) by the island’s management ; -inspite- of the said venue, ( quite expectedly of course ), being chock full of, you-guessed-it, TOURISTS! But ..’other than that’.. I -completely- surrendered myself to the -N/A- at hand, and made a perfectly earnest effort to just relax, and enjoy the undeniably -immense- level of entertainment on display.
Summary : The opening sequence is “Par Excellence”. Also, I was -especially- heartened by Jonas’s very endearing relationship with the “sparky and seemingly ever enthusiastic” 14 year old whiz-kid ‘Meiying’ N/A ; as it provided a VERY refreshing break from the ‘Heartless Bad*ss’ personna that we almost -always- see Jason Statham’s roles embody. In a nutshell, Meg-2 is “rife” with Twists, Turns & Curved-balls, galore. It -attempts- to fight every possible narrative cliché Real-hard, and generally ends up winning. Ergo : ” 8.50 -N/A- , Chompalicious Marks Out Of 10 ” . . . . Kudos, Director Ben Wheatley ! ! ! !
Original Language en
Genre Action, Adventure, Horror
Director Ben Wheatley
Writer Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Dean Georgaris
Actors Jason Statham, Jing Wu, Shuya Sophia Cai
Country United States, China
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