The Meg 3D (12A)



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Action (2018)
113mins Chi/US

Starring: Jessica McNamee, Jason Statham, Ruby Rose, Bingbing Li
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Writer(s): Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber
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Dr Zhang and his daughter Suyin oversee an international facility named Mana One, where scientists conduct experiments in previously uncharted depths of the ocean. During one of these missions, a craft loses contact with Mana One after a heavy collision. Dr Zhang and his associate James Mackreides head to Thailand to hire underwater rescue expert Jonas Taylor. He subsequently discovers that a voracious 75ft-long megalodon shark is on the loose in the waters surrounding Mana One.

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The Meg (12A)

It's not safe to go back into the water in director Jon Turteltaub's supersized horror thriller, which has been splashing about in development hell for two decades. Based on Steve Alten's best-selling novel, The Meg imagines the carnage wrought by a 75ft long megalodon shark on an underwater research complex, which has been constructed in delicious proximity to one of China's most popular tourist beaches. This all-you-can-chomp buffet of swimmers, surfers and sun-worshipping teenagers provides the film with an overblown action sequence saturated with digital effects, which are notable by their poor execution...

The Meg. Copyright: 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC. Caption: Li Bingbing as Suyin and Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor in The Meg, directed by Jon Turteltaub. Photo: Daniel Smith. All Rights Reserved.Laughable overhead shots of children paddling furiously away from the underwater threat suggest an entire generation of Chinese tykes in inflatable rings can outstroke swimming world record holders Michael Phelps and Adam Peaty. Humour isn't always intentional but a few crisp one-liners elicit chuckles like when one grief-stricken crew member, who barely escapes the jaws of the killer fish, caterwauls: "That living fossil ate my friend!" Leading man Jason Statham glowers on cue and removes his shirt for a gratuitous topless scene to verify he is in excellent gym-toned shape even if his film is bloated.

Dr Zhang (Winston Chao) and his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing) oversee the Mana One research facility financed by bullish billionaire Morris (Rainn Wilson), which is located 200 miles off the Chinese coast. The state-of-the-art facility - currently under construction - will allow scientists to conduct experiments in hidden nooks and crannies of the Mariana Trench. During one exploratory dive, the Origin submersible piloted by Lori (Jessica McNamee), Toshi (Masi Oka) and Wall (Olafur Darri Olafsson) is attacked by an unidentified beast.

The stricken crew should have 18 hours of auxiliary power and oxygen so Dr Zhang and Mana One's station chief Mac (Cliff Curtis) make haste to Thailand to persuade underwater rescue expert Jonas Taylor (Statham) to return to the deep. "Your ex-wife and her crew are trapped," bleats Mac, who knows about Jonas's tragic past and his medical diagnosis of pressure-induced psychosis. Jonas obliges for the sake of Lori and he comes stubbled face to slippery snout with a voracious megalodon, which threatens the safety of everyone inside Mana One including Suyin's cherubic daughter Meiying (Sophia Cai), systems architect Jaxx (Ruby Rose) and remote craft pilot DJ (Page Kennedy). "Man versus meg isn't a fight. It's a slaughter!" snarls Jonas, baiting the hook for outlandish scenes of carnage.

The Meg swims in frequently charted waters and Turteltaub's film pays homage for extended periods to Steven Spielberg's vastly superior Jaws. Statham almost convinces us of a tepid romantic subplot with Bingbing's plucky mother, who single-handedly bears the film's emotional weight. She is compelling in underwritten scenes of parental concern that provide us with brief yet welcome respite from the monster-mashing mayhem.

- Sam Cannon

The Meg. Copyright: 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC. Caption: Li Bingbing as Suyin and Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor in The Meg, directed by Jon Turteltaub. Photo: Daniel Smith. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 10th August
To Thursday 16th August

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Armagh, Armagh Omniplex
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ayr, Odeon Ayr
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Barnsley, Parkway Cinema
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Cineworld Bedford
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Boston, Savoy Cinema
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Cineworld Yate
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carlow, Carlow Omniplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Corby, Savoy Cinema
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Didcot, Cineworld Didcot
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dover, Cineworld Dover
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ely, Cineworld Ely
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Odeon Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Harvey Centre
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Queensgate
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hastings, Odeon Hastings
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Haverhill, Cineworld Haverhill
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hinckley, Cineworld Hinckley
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leigh, Cineworld Leigh
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Longford, Longford Omniplex
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Louth, Playhouse
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- St. Neots, Cineworld St Neots
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Weston-super-Mare, Cineworld Weston-Super-Mare
- Weston-super-Mare, Odeon Weston-Super-Mare
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worksop, Savoy Cinema
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 17th August
To Thursday 23rd August

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ayr, Odeon Ayr
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Exeter, Odeon Exeter
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Weston-super-Mare, Odeon Weston-Super-Mare
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham


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