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The Meg – A Jaws Knockoff?

Alex Wilson, Entertainment Writer

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“The Meg” – a movie that came out in theaters August 10, 2018 – was expected by many to be a bloodbath in not only the theater but the box office as well. The movie summarily was about scientists discovering and accidentally releasing a, thought to be extinct, Megalodon into the modern world. As expected, the general public thought the movie would be a cheesy knockoff of the 1975 hit “Jaws.” In fact, many entered the theaters to watch “The Meg” expecting a good laugh.

“The Meg” got an unexpected mixed audience. According to Rotten Tomatoes, more than half the audience liked “The Meg.” This being said, the percentage was only 53%. Most professional sites that reviewed “The Meg” had nothing kind to say, including popular sites such as ‘Common Sense Media’, ‘Variety’, ‘Rolling Stone’, ‘Washington Post’, ‘Vulture’, and ‘Times of India’.

The reviews were not all negative though. Other popular sources had positive opinions to say as well. Sandy Schaefer of the popular ‘Screen Rant’ had this to say: “‘The Meg’ is an entertaining underwater monster movie and summer thrill ride that wholeheartedly embraces its inherent cheesiness without overdoing it.” ‘Screen Rant’ was not alone in its opinion of the shark movie. ‘IGN’ gave “The Meg” 3.5/5 stars, and IMDb gave it 6.1/10 stars.

All in all, “The Meg” had very mixed reviews, though it was admittedly leaning towards the negative side. Even if all the professional sites in the world give it horrible ratings and didn’t recommend watching it, I must input my own opinion as a viewer and recommend “The Meg” to any who finds themselves bored and up to watching a cheesy, but exciting film.

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