“The Meg” (Warner Bros.)
By Catholic News Service
A silly yet entertaining summer popcorn movie, a cross between “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park,” directed by Jon Turtletaub from the eponymous 1997 novel by Steve Altern.
A deep-sea diver (Jason Stratham) is called out of retirement for an emergency rescue mission of the crew of a mini-submarine at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, piloted by his ex-wife (Jessica McNamee). With the help of an oceanographer (Li Bingbing), the mission is a success, but it releases the eponymous monster shark, which heads to the surface to feast on humanity. Despite a good deal of humor, the creature’s rampages will prove too scary for younger viewers.
Perilous scenes of shark attacks, some gore, brief sexual banter, and a handful of profane and crude oaths. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.