I’ve been thinking a lot about Captain Pollard and his disastrous seafaring voyage that inspired the tale of Moby Dick. He and his men were trapped in those lifeboats for days on end, and forced to eat each other to survive. And when they were finally rescued, Pollard and the other survivors resisted the rescue ship’s efforts to pull them aboard. They were too busy frantically shoving bones into their pockets so they could suck the marrow out later.
Right now I’m Captain Pollard, and I’m shoving as many Meg watches in my pockets as possible before quarantine is lifted and I’m forced to become a functioning member of society again.
- Morris trying to speak to Suyin in Mandarin is going to be everyone else coming out of quarantine genuinely thinking they mastered a new language.
- I love the little detail of the nameless extra giving Meiying a high-five as he rides past her on that golf-cart.
- Mac wears a hat with the logo “Deep Sea Dive Rescue Force” on the front (visible at 49:39), which I believe is connected to Jason Statham’s previous job at the start of the movie. I really appreciate this little bit of world-building, since it offers some explanation as to how Mac and Statham met.
- Imagine if the only shark in The Meg was the one they killed half-way through, and the rest of the movie was just the main characters going through the difficult, tedious process of trying to acquire financial backing for Mana One again.
- I just like the mental image of Jason “The Antonym of Diplomacy” Statham having to jump through all the legal/political hoops required for a research organization to get funding of any kind.
- How many plaid shirts does Mac wear throughout this movie?
- Jason Statham stabbing the Meg in the eye before they both fall back into the water is still awesome no matter how many times I watch this movie.
Rating: Just Keep Swimming
Date: May 5, 2020