The trailer for the giant-shark movie The Meg is a wild clash of tones

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The first trailer of the giant shark action movie Jason Statham The Meg is out, and surprise! It turns out to be a far-sighted science fiction movie set in a high-tech research station on the high seas that looks a lot like a space station. The tone is serious and serious, like Alien mixed with the best parts of Sphere. There are some surprises, but clearly this is a future horror film full of tension and grim.
Or wait, no, that's just the first half of the trailer. The second half reveals that it is actually a crazy movie of mega monsters along the lines of Sharktopus, with dog reaction shots and witty phrases. In addition, Frank Sinatra is singing his swinging and optimistic version of "Beyond The Sea" for some reason.
Or wait, given the visual references to Shark and the science of sharks, maybe you're trying to do something serious after all? And Jason Statham is certainly acting like he's in one of his many direct action movies. But come on, someone is trying to escape from a shark the size of a building by running away from him in a Zorb ball. What exactly is happening in this trailer?

The easy answer is that it is the last film by producer / director Jon Turteltaub, who also made National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, all movies that whip wildly in tone, but are quite entertaining if They are not taken remotely. seriously. Turteltaub's films often seem to have started a comedy or a straitlaced action movie, then became distracted and lost control of the tone. But the results can be fun, if only because they are very unconventional and exaggerated.
Taking the trailer to the letter, we can assume that this film is another special Turteltaub that throws everything he could think: it is obviously a scientific and well researched look of the improbable resurgence of Carcharocles megalodon, a prehistoric proto-shark. But it is also an animated comedy about people who try to drop the best joke or fast action of a single line while not eating for a special weak effect. As it seems, it will be everything and nothing, a bag of tones, images and ideas, all thrown in a sack full of foam and given a good shake. It's strange, it's confusing, and it's pretty funny. The movie is released on August 10.


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