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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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