Jason Statham wishes His New Movie The Meg was different in this way, and we agree
We can be quite picky when it comes to our shark movies, so we’re glad that Jason Statham had the same thoughts as we did about his action movie “The Meg.” We’d be lying if we said we weren’t excited about “The Meg 2,” especially since the trailer for the franchise’s new movie has opened up a whole new world of insane CGI stunts, angry undersea animals, and wildly off-kilter lines such as, “That’s the biggest megalodon I’ve ever seen.” While the monster movie certainly stands out amidst the waves of other shark movies throughout the years (and, as our own Tom Beasley points out, they are historically a nightmare to get right), it does perhaps miss the mark slightly on one major aspect that most of the best horror movies contain.
And we’re not the only ones who think so. In fact, the star of “The Meg” franchise, Jason Statham, would agree that this sharp-toothed fiend does lack in one important regard. “John’s interpretation of this is a fun end of summer movie,” he told Collider. “It’s full of humor. It’s a little bit more directed to a different taste than my own, in terms of I like more gory adult stuff. I’m a lot older, but I can’t speak for what this film could possibly speak to a younger audience.” Like Statham, we would have liked to see a little more gore in the prehistoric predator’s antics. And can you blame us? We’re so used to seeing unassuming swimmers getting torn to shreds (even back in ’75, Steven Spielberg was giving us a blood-fest) that “The Meg,” by comparison, seems a bit like child’s play.
“I might have made a film that not many people wanted to see,” he confesses. “I’m not a filmmaker. I’m sort of an actor that’s going to portray a role. I go there, but I’ve learned not to get too attached to your own idea of what something could be.” When it’s pointed out to Statham that perhaps the decision to keep the blood and guts to a reasonable limit was for the purpose of keeping a broader audience, he replies in what we think is the perfect action movie hero response. “Yeah, but you go, ‘Where’s the fucking blood?’ It’s like, ‘There’s a shark.'” If you’re craving something a little more visceral until the “Meg 2” release date arrives, check out our lists of the best werewolf movies, best vampire movies, and best alien movies to watch now. Don’t forget about the best movies of all time, too.