Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, along comes another giant shark movie and Jason Statham's strapping deep-sea diver hero
Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, along comes another giant shark movie and Jason Statham’s strapping deep-sea diver hero.
The creature in question is a 75-foot megalodon, a prehistoric shark long thought to be extinct, and of course no one believes Statham’s claim that a giant creature from the deep tragically scuppered one of his missions.
The ensuing disgrace has turned him into a boozy wreck but, five years later, redemption comes knocking when he gets the call to rescue a band of international scientists trapped in a submersible at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, somewhere off the coast of China (this is a US-Chinese co-production). Chinese star Li Bingbing plays a marine biologist and single mother who provides Statham’s love interest. The pair’s romance is a bit wet, and so is much of the script.
Still, the film’s potential shark fodder – ranging from Rainn Wilson’s self-serving billionaire to a cute Pekinese called Pippin – deliver some good moments. What we have here is essentially a B-movie with a big budget, the right amount of cheesy moments and. most importantly, Statham enjoys himself enormously and always seems to be in on the joke.