There is no shortage of shlocky thrillers and action films on Netflix. Just a month ago, fans of the deep-sea thriller genre rejoiced as the first instalment of The Meg swam its way onto the Netflix US top ten film list. The aquatic adventure, led by action star Jason Statham, left audiences hungry for more.
Fast forward to the present, and Meg 2: The Trench has taken the fifth spot on Netflix’s top ten list in the US, cementing its place as a bargain variety shark saga worth sinking your teeth into, especially since Jaws (and all its sequels) has left the Netflix library this month.
Directed by Ben Wheatley, Meg 2: The Trench has a screenplay crafted by Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, and Dean Georgaris based on Steve Alten’s 1999 novel, The Trench. Statham reprises his role as Jonas Taylor, leading a star-studded cast including Wu Jing, Sophia Cai, Page Kennedy, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Skyler Samuels, and Cliff Curtis.
The film dives into the depths of the Mariana Trench, where Jonas Taylor and his team confront not only colossal, prehistoric sharks but also malevolent environmental plunderers. The storyline takes a gripping turn when an illegal mining operation threatens their mission, forcing them into a high-stakes battle for survival against relentless predators.
The film garnered mixed reviews but made waves at the box office, grossing an impressive $395million worldwide. The film’s success comes after plans for the sequel were announced in October 2018, following the box-office triumph of its predecessor.
Sharks have long been demonised in films. Meg 2: The Trench taps into this fear once again, making the film a fin-tastic adventure with Jason Statham and colossal Megalodons. As viewers are once again submerged in the oceanic world of Meg, the sequel promises another relentless pursuit of survival in the face of prehistoric aquatic giants.
You can watch Meg 2: The Trench on Netflix and catch the trailer here: