The Jason Statham shark saga storming the Netflix chart
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The Jason Statham shark saga storming the Netflix chart

You have seen Jason Statham fight assassins, crimelords and even supernatural forces. Now get ready to see him fight off against mega sharks in a film that has been storming the Netflux US charts.

The underwater thriller The Meg has surfaced on the eighth spot on the Netflix US top ten list of films. Directed by Jon Turteltaub and based on Steve Alten’s novel, The Meg showcases Statham as the heroic Jonas Taylor, a deep-sea rescue diver tasked with confronting the largest marine predator that ever existed—the prehistoric Megalodon!

Turteltaub, known for his work on National Treasure, skillfully weaves classic monster movie tropes but also taps into the fear of the unknown lurking beneath the ocean’s surface. The screenplay by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber combines elements of science fiction with campy tension.

Statham’s Jonas Taylor battles not only the massive Megalodon but also the scepticism of his peers. The star-studded cast, including Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, and Ruby Rose, complements Statham’s intensity.

If the idea of giant beasts lurking in the deep, dark waters of the ocean terrifies you, then you might find good advice in Rainn Wilson’s wise words. When Fandango asked the cast about what they think is the best way to survive a shark attack, Wilson chipped in with this gem, “You know, I would alpha male the shark.” He continued to channel his inner Dwight Schrute and said, “I think I’ll just look him in the eyes and be like, ‘No!’” That’s one way to deal with near-mythical beasts dwelling in the deepest underbelly of the big blue seas, we say!

Sharks, the seeming villains of the deep, have long been demonised in films. The Meg taps into this fear, making the film a fin-tastic adventure with Jason Statham and the colossal Megalodon.