Steven Spielberg’s Jaws has gone down in the history of cinema, occupying the top spot in two classifications: production with most problems during filming (it went three times over budget) and most influential title in the history of cinema. Together with George Lucas’ Star Wars (1977), they created a production style that still prevails in Hollywood: B-rated films, but with large budgets, lots of special effects and Hollywood stars.
Forty-three years on, The Meg, which arrives in cinemas today, shows that the model is still in force. And the plot also shares some similarities.
First, we witness the discovery of a prehistoric shark of some 23 metres in length, which attacks a submarine on an international mission in the Pacific. Then, like the Spielberg film before it, the shark also goes on to attack crowded beaches during the summer season. Happy viewing, beach lovers.