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Review Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II a.k.a. Gojira vs. Mekagojira (1993): A real blast!

genre: kaiju, action, adventure, drama, science fiction

It's my intention to watch and review all the Godzilla films, not necessarily in the right order. But, for whatever reason, some of the titles are real hard to get or rather expensive. So, I decided to turn to one of the copies that was available to me. And this was the one I felt like watching.

I was really surprised by the amount of action in this film. It almost is non-stop. And not going to lie, I freaking loved it. I seriously can't get enough of Godzilla kicking butt. And there is plenty of that. I am sure most people have this notion that films like these are pretty predictable. Well, if you are going to view and analyse films deeper, the majority of them are quite predictable. In this case, the films have some twists and turns you won't see coming. Perhaps not as shocking or devious as in dark thrillers, but still significant enough to add some spice to events. One in particular is even quite philosophical and social. Just when you thought the Godzilla franchise couldn't be cooler, they up the ante.

Godzilla and Mechagodzilla also look very impressive. Especially in combat. You don't need much to suspend belief. In that regard, this film is yet another example where practical effects are superior to CGI. Baby Godzilla might look a little goofy. Still, almost every one, monster or human, can't help but care for him. Although, it's obvious, only one is suitable to be the parent. It's funny, how these monsters are always portrayed as more human than humans themselves. In any case, the monsters look awesome and it's a real delight to see them in action. 

It's also remarkable, how this film, as well, is trying to appeal to an international audience. Instead of just Japan dealing with the monsters, it's the whole world, represented by the United Nations, who feel they need to stop Godzilla. One could argue, that the U.S. should be the main baddie, but they very wisely made this a global problem not to upset certain political leaders. You have Japanese actors speaking English while advancing inside a giant robot. Beautiful!

Overall, it was a real blast to watch a basically no-nonsense, almost non-stop adventure flick where Godzilla again proves he is king of the monsters!

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Review Blue Beetle (2023): Vastly underrated!

genre: superhero, comic book adaptation

Blue Beetle is a DC character I am not familiar with. Apparently there is some debate whether he is part of the DCEU or not and to be real frank, who cares? All I want is a good superhero film that entertains. It shouldn't be that hard, but I guess it is somehow?

Blue Beetle in that regard delivers. Not entirely as I myself want, but I guess that is asking too much. What I want? Well, I want a superhero to do superhero stuff, but mainly helping out people. You know, the hero part. For whatever reason, a lot of current superhero films seem to be forgetting about that pretty significant detail. In essence, Blue Beetle is an origin film. And most of the story is focused on Jaime Reyes becoming Blue Beetle and what impact this has on him and his family. More than with other superhero films, the family is very important. And I must admit, their antics and interactions with each other are providing the most fun. One could say in the same vein as Ms. Marvel (2022). But of course that being a TV Show has more time to explore certain characters. Here in this film, we get to know the family members on a superficial level. Jaime, is mostly dealing with what happens to him and his family and less about helping others. I can't state enough, that this should be essential in a superhero film.

Because of the emphasis on the family, Blue Beetle basically is small in scale. And therefore the action and spectacle never feels grand and epic. I liked it, but it's not particularly memorable. For an origin film, though, you get served enough. Still, if it were up to me, I would give this character a better chance to prove his worth amidst Batman, Superman and the other famous heroes in DC.

Overall, I think the marketing for this film has been abysmal. No build-up whatsoever. Suddenly there was a trailer showing in the cinema. But only shortly before its premiere. One also has to question the timing. Why release this film so fast after The Flash? And why a new hero who probably is not going to appear in reboot DCEU? Honestly, I think Blue Beetle is a lot of fun and vastly underrated. Sure, it doesn't do anything new, but should it? 

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Review Godzilla a.k.a. Gojira (1954): Glorious but very flawed!

genre: kaiju, science fiction, drama

The one that started it all. At least for Japan. And even today it's still glorious. But, heavily flawed!

This original should be taken seriously at all times. Director Ishirô Honda wants to make sure you know how devastating the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were and the possibility of recurrence of those bombings. Godzilla was a representation of the fears Japanese people had of that awful event. It's undeniable that this element still has impact on the viewer. Most of it displayed by the tragedy concerning Dr. Daisuke Serizawa. Like Oppenheimer, he wants to create for good but instead has become death, destroyer of the worlds.

Still, it takes a long time for Godzilla to appear fully. You see bits and pieces of him, building up the tension and anticipation. I do think, that back when this came out probably had far more impact than now. I mean, even people who haven't watched a single film about Godzilla knows of him. So how will you be terrified when he actually appears. I, for one, was cheering all the way, especially when the destruction happened. I do have to say that I expected more of that. But it's obvious they have put a lot of work and money into the models and the miniatures, so I am pretty sure they didn't have the budget to go all crazy. Having said this, the big destruction scene where Godzilla is forced to destroy, is beautiful. I know I am supposed to feel sorry for the people. And to a certain extent I did. Then again, Godzilla for the most part was chilling, and these people did everything in their power to cramp his style. Who wouldn't be enraged?

I have never seen the original before. And to be honest, I was a little weary. With classic films like these a lot of nostalgia is involved which make people very biased. Especially, after my horrible viewing experience of Dracula (the Spanish version). People are praising the hell out of that film and said that it's still very atmospheric and scary. The problem is, that this is not the case at all. This original also gets praised a lot and even is considered the best in the franchise. I will have to watch all of the Godzilla films first before I can state anything concerning this. For now, all I will say is that I liked it very much. 

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Review The Young Master a.k.a. Shi di chu ma (1980): Uneven but definitely an early Jackie Chan classic!

genre: martial arts, action, adventure, comedy

The Young Master could be considered an early Jackie Chan classic. But while it features a lot of Jackie Chan trademarks, the film does feel uneven. Especially the way it opens. 

It's an incredibly serious and melodramatic affair for at least twenty nine minutes, and then Jackie Chan's character is cut loose. Or rather, he himself has had enough of his brooding sifu and steps away from that to put a stop to the misery that has ensued. How can he achieve this? To bring back his brother, who the sifu kicked out after some heavy mischief. Although, I would like to argue, that most of the students in this Kung Fu school are adults with needs. I mean, if you think about it, Brother Tiger was respectful in a way by being sneaky to have sex.

So Dragon (Jackie Chan) is now put on the quest to search Tiger. It doesn't take long for Dragon to get into trouble because the police constables can't be bothered to be precise with their description concerning one of the thugs who attacked them. A man with a large white fan (carried by Tiger). It just happens to be that Dragon has a similar fan. You can see where this is going, right? This assault by the way is one of the coolest action sequences ever. It starts like you expect it to start, but then surprises you with a certain character flexing his moves. There is a reason this character is considered dangerous. Naturally, the constables need to find the culprits or someone who could pass as one. 

Now the comedy starts to kick in. And it remains to be a comedy for quite a long time. It's here where you Jackie Chan truly shines as he displays a lot of skills and acrobatics while joking around. The same can be said of Yuen Biao and Shih Kien (most famous for his role as Han in Enter the Dragon). I do have to note that up until this point Dragon is seen as an inexperienced and clumsy fighter, but every time he is confronted he comes out on top. The several lighter sequences are basically trademark Jackie Chan and the most easy to digest. But all of these fights pale in comparison to the final fight where Dragon has to fight the escaped convict, Kam (played by Hwang In-shik). He practices Hapkido which is very different to the way Dragon fights and also seems to be very powerful. Dragon struggles. But he persists. This fight takes a very long time. Over ten minutes. And every second is worth it. It felt very reminiscent of the final fight in Drunken Master where the main baddie seems to be invincible, and the hero has to reach deep within himself to come on top. Here is where it feels like some training scenes have been cut. Where you are shown how Dragon can achieve the mastery of a certain technique. Still, it's not really a problem since the fight is super entertaining since Jackie Chan is not afraid of the after effects of such a brutal fight.

Overall, The Young Master is uneven for sure, but more than makes up for its flaws by giving you many fight and trademark Jackie Chan elements. Definitely worth it!

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Review Code Name: Wild Geese a.k.a. Geheimcode Wildgänse (1984): Surprisingly entertaining!

genre: war, action

This is a German-Italian co-production and clearly trying to cash in mercenary films like The Wild Geese. But other than that, there is no relation to that film. 

I was expecting badness of the worst kind, but to my surprise, the film was very entertaining. Mind you, there are a few sequences that made burst in laughter. Only because I never expected to witness such insanity in a film like this. One particular scene comes to mind and it's amazing. There is an intense car chase where the cars and their drivers do the impossible. If you look closely, model cars are being used. But that only adds to the fun, since everybody except Ernest Borgnine is acting super seriously. And to be honest, that is the saving grace of the film. The ultra minimal plot and the lack of character development hardly matters because the actors do sell the events and the dramatic impact of those events. The film certainly doesn't shy away of showing blood and gore. However, keeps it surprisingly constrained so that things don't become too fantastical. 

The big names, Lee van Cleef, Klaus Kinski, Ernest Borgnine and Mimsy Farmer do add a certain flavour to the film, but it's Lewis Collins and his team members who have the prominent roles. And they also do quite a lot with very little. Some of them clearly have a screw loose yet are immensely dependable when it matters. You actually care for them, even when some of their behaviour towards Wesley (Lewis Collins) for example is questionable. Special mention needs to go to Rene Abadeza as the guide Kim, who moves and fights like a ninja and actually is the true hero of the story. He goes out of his way to aid the mercenaries. Even then is met with a lot of paranoia, just shameful!

Overall, I can truly recommend this one if you want good military combat. It's a low budget production, but so competently made you hardly notice that. I believe we have director Antonio Margheriti to thank for that.

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Chrichtonsworld Reviews COMING SOON / Brief thoughts / mini reviews

Listed here are titles I have seen lately but have not been able to write reviews for. It is my intention to write full reviews at my earliest convenience. But for the time being, I will share my (brief) thoughts on them. On second thought, some of these films definitely don't deserve full reviews, so the thoughts given will be final.

- The Pope's Exorcist (2023)
This film might not offer that many surprises, but is incredibly entertaining nonetheless because of Russel Crowe's performance. A fine example of what can be accomplished due to sheer acting power!

- Scream VI (2023)
At this point, the Scream films have become parody films in the same vein as the in joke Stab and the Scary Film franchise yet still manages to out some creative spins into the slasher genre. The true terror and dread is gone, but one can't deny that this was a lot of fun.

- Champions (2023)
Very effective feel good film with Woody Harrelson. Nothing more, nothing less.

- Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022)
I get it. This is a parody on biopics. Some jokes really work well and will have you laughing hard. But some of them don't and will suck the life out of you. 

- Run Sweetheart Run (2020)
Ella Balinska proves she can carry films on her own. I was also very impressed how she was able to show the terror inflicted upon her. It's quite odd that this film flew under the radar since it's a neat little horrorfilm.

- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
What is this? Sure Ant-Man is featured in the title but for the rest he seems like a side character in his own film. All focus is on the female characters, in particular, Cassie Lang. I have nothing against the actress. I actually really liked her in Freaky. But not at the expense of Scott Lang. And that is exactly what happens. Above all, the action and spectacle is boring.

- Evil Dead Rise (2023)
When Bruce Campbell claimed this next part in the franchise was going to be awesome, I believed him. Then I saw a YouTube video of a fan being rather angry and was expressing his dismay and disappointment concerning the film after he just had watched it. Bruce mocked him. Something he often does, but usually for fun and to counter the opinion. Unfortunately, this is the first time I have to disagree with him. Evil Dead Rise is atrocious. The first ten minutes are good, but then everything goes downhill. Even reboot Evil Dead (2013) is vastly superior to this crap.

- Invitation to a Murder (2023)
Agatha Christie type of murder mystery where Miranda Green (Mischa Barton) becomes a master sleuth in the same vein as Hercule Poirot. I don't know if this is to become a film series but I for one welcome it.

- Mafia Mamma (2023)
Honestly, this doesn't deserve a full review. It's easily one of the worst comedies ever made. The only reason I could stomach this was because of Monica Belluci. 

- Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023)
Never played the board game but am familiar with the cartoon which is referenced to in the film. Fun and exciting adventure while it lasts.

- The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
Incredibly generic and average. I kept waiting for this film to display the huge fun factor that is part of this video game franchise. It pops up here and there, but is severely undermined by castrating Mario. He can't do anything for a long time. He was always the one who saved the princess and saved the world. But now, he is a loser who has to be inspired by Princess Peach to go above and beyond. It's utterly ridiculous.

- The vidiot from UHF a.k.a. UHF (1989)
Perhaps some of the jokes and parodies are a little dated. Then again, some of the jokes are ruthless and unapologetic. A wonderful comedy that is superior to the fake biopic.

- The Invitation (2022)
Incredibly pointless and boring vampire film.

- Army of Darkness (1992)
A Sam Raimi classic. This film might feel different compared to the first two Evil Dead films but make no mistake this definitely is the third part in the franchise. Little less horror but still very weird and very fun.

- The Mother (2023)
Jennifer Lopez kicking ass a la John Wick? She wished. It's generic and very forgettable.

- Sisu (2023)
From the writer / director who gave us Rare Exports and Big Game, Sisu is a complete disappointment. It starts out well, but then dissolves into a giant boring mess. I can't take anyone seriously who have claimed that this film is like John Wick with Nazi's. It's not. All the action is boring and bland. 

- To Catch a Killer (2023)
Somewhere underneath, there is a strong thriller present. Unfortunately, they have forgotten to put in terror and dread. Instead, you get a drama where none of the characters have any development. Real shame. But for the most part it's decent.

- Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
One real terrifying scare is not enough to make this worth your while. The dread and creepiness is completely absent. I'm really starting to wonder whether Guillermo del Toro understands horror.

- Stargate (1994)
Old school science fiction adventure that is quite bold and epic. This started one of my most beloved franchises.

- Encino Man (1992)
Believe it or not. This one is worth it because of Pauly Shore. He is the one who provides the most laughs. That being said, this comedy hasn't aged well. 

- Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)
I wasn't really waiting for a sequel to Avatar. I absolutely loved it back when I first saw it in the cinema. How couldn't I? The 3D was beyond what I had experienced before. Unfortunately, I didn't feel the need to watch the sequel in the cinema. Now, after having watched it, I can say that I am a fool. Not only is this sequel better than the original, it actually has turned me into a believer. I was so involved with the characters and the world and didn't want the adventure to end. James Cameron has delivered a true cinematic experience. I can only imagine what the 3D must have been like!

- A House on the Bayou (2021)
Decent enough. But doesn't really scare or terrify you. This almost feels like a lost tale of The Twilight Zone.

- Robots (2023)
I laughed a couple of times. But it soon becomes apparent that the film doesn't delve deep enough into the themes that are touched upon. Especially these days, a more critical look at humans and their humanity would have been welcome.

- The Infernal Machine (2022)
Leaves you guessing for a long time. But it fails to deliver in the end. Guy Pearce is solid as always.

- The Canonball Run (1981)
Old school comedy featuring several actors and celebrities who will make it worth your while. Next to the cars, there are quite a few hot women present that also increase the fun factor.

- American Animals (2018)
Easily one of the most boring and pointless heist films ever made. At first, it seemed quite clever and sophisticated. Only to find out that the heist itself was not as advertised. In fact, it was pretty sad to witness how pathetic the thieves were. Especially in relation to the librarian. 

- Air (2023)
At first, I thought this was going to be a rather dull and predictable film. Then I realized, that Nike was struggling. (In hindsight, this must be a big lie so do take it with a grain of salt.) I had no idea this was the case. It's fun to see Matt Damon's character to lure in Michael Jordan and co so that Nike could turn into the corporate giant of today.

- Possessor (2020)
Total failure. I wasn't invested nor was I impressed with the body horror. The lack of real story and character development is what has me stumped the most. What am I supposed to be getting from this film? Am I supposed to care for the evil assassins who not only murder their targets but at the same time ruin the lives of their loved ones?

Hypnotic (2023)
Might seem similar to Inception, but it's nothing like it. High concept films like these need to be believable to a certain extent. There shouldn't be any doubt in the world that is presented until the story warrants it. Twist and turns are to be expected, but they need to be surprising. Almost everything in this film is predictable to a tee. I was very willing to be taken on a trip only Hypnotic doesn't even try. It's weird to read that this film does seem to be a passion project of writer / director Robert Rodriguez.

About My Father (2023)
When Sebastian Maniscalco tells stories about his wife and father in his stand-up, it's funny. Somehow these stories aren't as delightful on film. For whatever reason, About My Father doesn't go far enough. The comedy is absent, and it's quite clear where the film is going. A giant waste of your time!

Knights of the Zodiac (2023)
I wonder who this is marketed for, since even for action aficionados, this film is immensely average! If the idea was to start a Sain Seya franchise, they failed. Even with the little lore that is talked about, the story is too minimalistic and too generic. There is one saving grace, though. Mackenyu Maeda. He is the son of Sonny Chiba and like his father is an actual martial artist. I hope to see more from him. And yes, Sean Bean dies!

- Orphan: First Kill (2022)
What can this prequel add to events with the major surprise element gone? I was quite sceptical. But as it turns out, Esther has more tricks to show us. It won't wow you, but there is enough there to give you a reasonable viewing experience. 

- The Blackening (2023)

People who are expecting another Scary Movie or Meet the Blacks will be disappointed. They easily could have gone that route. Yet, surprisingly, the film is quite reserved. There are some jokes. But perhaps they were too focused on the mystery elements. For a veteran like me, I pretty much knew what was going on. But I am sure that some people will find the twist amusing. The characters were likeable, I only wished the film had stepped it up a notch by being unpredictable and clever.

-The Last Voyage of the Demeter (2023)
Premise wise, I was all on board. The setting could and should have been the ideal playground for Dracula to be unleashed on. While the film certainly is very serious it lacks real tension and suspense. The one thing that bugged me about this part of the Dracula story is why he is so reliant on strangers? As I understood it Dracula was very wealthy. Surely, he could have afforded his own ship with minions and blood vessels to make his journey to England a very pleasant one.And let's say that Dracula couldn't buy a ship. Why couldn't he fly? Wasn't he capable of turning into a bat? He could have flown himself with brief brakes to avoid the sun. But ok, whatever. They do give a cause why Dracula is forced to come out of his coffin to prey on the crew. How the crew responds to this should have been the most compelling. And it's dreadfully tedious. While I definitely am not a fan of diversity hires in period films I was willing to overlook this as long as this film was able to give me some terror. It's as predictable and stupid as they come. Sure it's not bad. But that doesn't make it good.

- The Boogeyman (2023)
Another failed attempt. The Boogeyman is THE most known monster out there. He is the one who hides under your bed or in the closet. He is the one your parents always dismiss and claiming that he doesn't exist and is a figment of your imagination. In my opinion this is one of the easiest monsters to make a horror film about. Everybody and their mother have felt the fear when young and all alone in the dark. It's such a basic fear to tap into and somehow the people involved with this film can't seem to portray this fear. It becomes more fun when you treat it like a creature film. But still, it simply lacks the much needed dread to remain compelling.

No One Will Save You (2023)
For the most part, this film will deliver on dread and terror, through clever use of tension and suspense. It's admirable how much is conveyed to you emotionally without too many words. I do think that the film does get a little over the top and messy towards the end. While I have no huge problems with the chosen ending, I don't agree with it. But overall, I did have a good time watching it, so I can recommend this one.

- Heist 88 (2023)
Heist 88 starts out quite good, Courtney B. Vance does a real good job of playing a charming criminal who is capable of coldheartedly shooting you if he deems it warranted. He often looks in a way something is up. So I was counting on him to offer the real surprises. Then events start happening and I kept waiting and waiting and nothing spectacular occurred. In fact the twist was so stupid and insulting, I couldn't believe I actually thought that this was going to be good. I mean the acting is decent and the soundtrack (Lo-fi) was stellar. But the story was disappointing. Especially since the ending is different from the true story. And I don't have problems with changing up the ending but would it have hurt to have some more twists and turns? I would stay clear from this film since it will feel like a waste of your time!

- Strays (2023)
Strays is supposed to be an adult take on those dog films we used to watch as kids. At least, that is what it looks like. The trailer did make it seem it was going to be a fun affair. Unfortunately, Strays is gross and dirty for all the wrong reasons. It's not smart nor clever. Yes, I laughed at some jokes because sometimes there were some funny moments. But for the most part it's boring and repetitive. I read somewhere that this film is pushing limits. No, it's not. Not one bit. Only immature people would think it is. Watch the trailer and then forget about it's existence. Trust me!

- Talk to Me (2023)
Somehow this got touted as the scariest film of the year. How and why? The premise itself is compelling. But everything else is simply not delivering dread or terror. It's like this film is copying certain tropes of those ouija board films and concept ones like It Follows but with the scary elements taken out. It's brutal and violent only never frightening. I was immensely disappointed with this one. Not worth your time. All hype and nothing else! In hindsight, I was very harsh on It Follows, but while that one also was mostly hype its concept is superior.

A Haunting in Venice (2023)
Ouch. I was looking forward to this one since I really enjoyed Death on the Nile. But this one hurt. Sure it had an interesting premise yet I was never truly compelled about them. Red herrings are invented for a reason so why not use them? It's one of the most fun elements in a mystery film especially if everybody in the film except Poirot could be the killer. Apart from the nice visuals and solid acting there is nothing to enjoy. The whole film is a total bore!

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Review Expend4bles (2023): What's up with all the hate? This is a very entertaining action flick!

genre: action, adventure

Many times I wanted to watch this film, and many times I didn't because I didn't want to be disappointed. While I will be the first one to admit that this franchise is very flawed, one thing I am not going to deny that it's immensely fun. Including the third part. So when people were hating on this fourth entry in the franchise, I was hesitant to dive into this one.

Now, after having watched it, I am honestly wondering, why people hate this one so much. It's almost non-stop action, where Statham, Iko Uwais and Tony Jaa are kicking ass to the maximum. Maybe, the other members of team Expendables were less prominent, they still made a decent contribution. Except maybe one vital character. Whatever the reason, plot wise, it made sense. Then the humour. It easily is on par with the previous films. So why all of a sudden it's not appreciated? For example, the bit with Jacob Scipio as Galan. He is very talkative. But then for a long while he is very quiet. Suddenly, he does speak and very eloquently expresses his thirst for revenge. It's hilarious. Granted, I am not sure about Megan Fox. I never saw her as an action icon, nor is she a veteran actor. She definitely doesn't fit in the team. I didn't hate her, but it did make me wonder why she was enlisted. The whole point of The Expendables was to have these prominent action heroes of yesteryear coming into action again. One could say the same of 50 Cent. Why was he here? Still, I thought he was a better fit than Megan. I wasn't familiar with Levy Tran as Lash. But I liked her.

So what about the action and spectacle? This was my biggest worry. People kept saying how everything looked cheap and fake and how there were too many quick cuts. That's never a good thing in action films. The whole purpose of these films is so that you can enjoy the action. But let me put your mind at ease. While there are quick cuts, they are never to the extent that you can't follow what is happening. You definitely can and will enjoy the brutal violence inflicted on objects and people. As for the CGI. Maybe one or two explosions could have looked better. But even knowing in advance that some of the looked bad, I wasn't bothered by it in the slightest. While I can enjoy grand explosions, I don't care about them as much. I am more interested in the gun combat and the hand-to-hand combat. And both were top-notch.

Overall, this is a good entry in the franchise. Compared to previous parts, it's better than the third. And on par with the second. Yes, the wow factor concerning the celebs is gone. Then again, Uwais and Tony Jaa do deliver and in that regard, what more do you want?

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Review Meg 2: The Trench (2023): Sacrifices tension for comedy, but it works. Very fun!

genre: action, adventure, horror

Meg 2 might be a little uneven or campy, but it certainly is quite ambitious. It's a little Die Hard, a little horror and a bunch of Sharknado).

Next to Jason Statham, Wu Jing, gets to come into action. He certainly has a large role and gets to kick ass. Only not in the way I wanted him too. That is reserved for Statham and surprisingly, Page Kennedy as DJ. He is a returning character, who was severely traumatized by the events in the original. It's very funny to see him, being prepared for anything because of those events. Actually, it's pretty brilliant. How many times don't you wonder why people don't learn from their mistakes when they return in sequels. DJ is on top op things and gives us many hilarious moments.

You can tell, that there is a lighter tone to the film since almost all the characters have their campy moments. Mac (played by Cliff Curtis) was dead serious in the original. Now, he is cracking jokes more than Statham does. Even the big baddies who are supposed to be ruthless to get reckoned with in a humorous way. It's very clear you are supposed to embrace the comedy elements. If you don't, you will have a very hard time liking this film. I mean, there is enough action and spectacle to be enjoyed, but they aren't the thrilling kind. While one could argue that The Meg, also never was supposed to be taken seriously, that one did try to instil fear and tension. And think about it, can you really take the premise that serious? Prehistoric giant sharks suddenly appear and wreak havoc? Come on. 

Overall, Meg 2: The Trench, is a lot of fun. And sometimes, that is all I want and need! 

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