“Meg 2: The Trench” (Warner Bros.)

Movie poster for "Meg 2: The Trench" produced by Warner Bros. OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Warner Bros)

By OSV News

Unintended comedy paces the boredom-inducing banality of this follow-up to a 2018 feature about the accidental unleashing of an outsized prehistoric shark.

Jason Statham returns as the deep-sea diver of the original who now busies himself as a palooka of an environmental warrior. When not rumbling with polluters, he continues exploring the area of the ocean from which the predator emerged last time. But complications involving the secret mining of minerals in these particular depths end up allowing multiple Megalodon, as well as other fearsome sea creatures, to get a bite at present-day humans.

Adapted from a 1999 novel by Steve Alten, director Ben Wheatley’s groaner suffers from bad dialogue, uninteresting characters and a preposterous plot. Lost amid the inept proceedings are examples of altruistic risk taking.

Considerable, sometimes harsh, physical violence, glimpses of gore, a couple of mild oaths, occasional crude and crass talk. The OSV News classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 – parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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