Jason Statham has never been afraid to push the boundaries when it comes to action.
He’s driven head first into Vin Diesel, gone on the rampage with deadly poison coursing through his veins and even found his funny bone alongside Melissa McCarthy in Spy.
But one thing he’s never done is take on a 75-foot mega shark with a taste for human flesh. Until now, that is.
That’s all about to change with the arrival of The Meg, a science fiction action thriller that sees Statham team up with Chinese actress Li Bingbing to take on the beast from the briny deep.
It’s directed by Jon Turteltaub of National Treasure fame – that Nicolas Cage movie about a secret invisible map on the back of the US Declaration of Independence – and, as the first full trailer demonstrates, it’s suitably daft.
The plot is simple enough: a deep-sea submersible has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside.
With time running out, expert deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham. Yes, we know) is recruited to save the crew-and the ocean itself-from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon.
What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Again, don’t ask questions, just go with it.
Now, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.
Featuring Rainn Wilson from the office along with Ruby Rose, and Winston Chao, The Meg looks big, dumb and a whole lot of fun.
The Meg hits cinemas on August 10, in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX.
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