Meg 2: The Trench is a science fiction action movie released in 2023, directed by Ben Wheatley and written by Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, and Dean Georgaris. The film is based on Steve Alten's 1999 novel, "The Trench," and serves as a sequel to "The Meg" from 2018. The cast includes Jason Statham, Wu Jing, Sophia Cai, Page Kennedy, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Skyler Samuels, and Cliff Curtis. Just like its predecessor, the story revolves around a group of scientists who are faced with the challenge of eluding and outsmarting enormous Megalodons. These ancient predators are unleashed by a dangerous mining operation, forcing the scientists into a thrilling battle for survival that involves high-stakes swimming and intense action sequences.



Synopsis:

Jonas Taylor leads a research team on an exploratory dive into the deepest depths of the ocean. Their voyage spirals into chaos when a malevolent mining operation threatens their mission and forces them into a high-stakes battle for survival. Pitted against colossal, prehistoric sharks and relentless environmental plunderers, they must outrun, outsmart and outswim their merciless predators.



Movie Information:

Genre:  Action|Adventure|Horror

Release Date:  August 4, 2023 (United States)

Star Cast:  Jason Statham, Jing Wu, Shuya Sophia Cai, Cliff Curtis

Runtime:  1h 56m

Language:  English

Country:  United States, China

Production Company:  Apelles Entertainment, China Media Capital, Flagship Entertainment Group

Distributed By:  Warner Bros. Pictures



Filmmakers:

Director:  Ben Wheatley

Writers:  Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Dean Georgaris, Steve Alten

Producers:  Belle Avery, Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Composer:  Harry Gregson-Williams

Cinematographer:  Haris Zambarloukos

Editor:  Jonathan Amos

Production Design:  Chris Lowe



Box Office Collection Day Wise:

Day Date Collection
Day 1 Aug 4, 2023 $12,146,883
Day 2 Aug 5, 2023 $9,946,474
Day 3 Aug 6, 2023 $7,909,378
Day 4 Aug 7, 2023 $3,211,106
Day 5 Aug 8, 2023 $3,840,551
Day 6 Aug 9, 2023 $2,223,750
Day 7 Aug 10, 2023 $2,158,775
Day 8 Aug 11, 2023 $3,508,849
Day 9 Aug 12, 2023 $5,389,074
Day 10 Aug 13, 2023 $3,947,611


Budget and Total Box Office Collection:

Budget:  $129 Million

Domestic:  $54 Million

Gross Worldwide:  $258 Million



Hit Or Flop?

The Movie "Meg 2: The Trench" performed reasonably well at the worldwide box office with a gross of $258 million, exceeding its budget of $129 million. However, the IMDb rating of 5.5 suggests a relatively average reception. It might be considered a modest success financially, but its critical and audience response could be better.



Meg 2: The Trench Review:

Meg 2: The Trench is a high-octane sequel that dives into the realm of prehistoric sharks, delivering a relentless barrage of action and aquatic thrills. Directed by Ben Wheatley and written by Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, and Dean Georgaris, the film follows a research team led by the resourceful Jiuming (Jing Wu), as they confront a slew of perils, including massive sharks, a mining operation, and mercenaries. Enter Jason Statham's Jonas, a fearless rescue diver known for his shark-punching prowess, who faces the challenge of multiple Megalodons and other creatures from the depths.


While the sequel strives to elevate the stakes, it falls prey to the trope of 'bigger is better.' By stacking up various shark-related scenarios, the plot occasionally gets muddled, borrowing elements from other creature features. The collision of these elements could have been a unique angle, yet it obscures the core focus on sharks. Instead, the film turns into a man vs. man narrative rather than the anticipated man vs. nature struggle.


Despite its plot shortcomings, Jason Statham commands the screen as Jonas, embracing over-the-top action sequences with aplomb. DJ, portrayed by Page Kennedy, provides a refreshing counterbalance to Jonas' omnipotence, injecting witty commentary and a relatable perspective. The spirited characters of Meiying (Shuya Sophia Cai) and Jiuming bring an impulsive charm that endears them to the audience, even as they flirt with recklessness.


Regrettably, character development remains shallow, and the plot lacks depth. Yet, once the action commences, it's an unrelenting rollercoaster ride. The film takes liberties with both physics and biology, resulting in audacious scenes that defy logic in a playful manner. "Meg 2: The Trench" caters to adrenaline enthusiasts and Statham devotees, offering a satisfying spectacle that prioritizes action over substance.


Expecting Oscar-worthy performances or intricate plotting would be unrealistic. However, the film caters to its target audience, delivering a pulse-pounding experience that surpasses modest expectations. While not a must-see in theaters, fans of the original, action aficionados, and enthusiasts of shark-themed cinema will find themselves immersed in this thrilling sequel. So, grab your popcorn and embrace the escapism, even if it requires suspending disbelief as massive as a Megalodon."