I came home from running an errand to find Red and TO at lunch. Red opened the door and told me with his usual straight face that our child was telling him a VERY interesting story which was catastrophic in its scope but had some pockets of optimism and redemption in it.
So it goes like this- It was the end of the world and I had died. Red had died too but TO had a way of bringing him back from the dead. That courtesy was not extended to me. Anyhow, I was dead, Red was dead and quite a few people who were known to us had either perished in the bad ass earthquake that leapfrogged up the Richter scale and touched a 100! For a few others who weren’t lucky enough to die of the super earthquake, a Megalodon came and swallowed them up.
TO was able to save a few (not all) people from the gigantic prehistoric shark by using a knife. Cue the ‘awwws’ people! And then there was a tsunami which came and swept everyone else away. All in all, it was not a good day for humanity.
The one bright spot, if one can call it that, was before I died and set off the chain reaction of humanity’s extinction, I wrote down the all-important, uber-secret, mysterious and obscure password to the iPad on a piece of paper that my darling son found while surviving an off-the-charts earthquake, killing 95 ft long sharks and apparently coasting through towering waves that drowned out millions. This is called unleashing the kraken (of imagination).
But today I watched the mostly boring movie: The Meg. I can’t say Steve Alten is spinning in his grave somewhere because he is alive and kickin’ but I don’t see how he willingly gave the script of this movie his blessings.
With many departures from the riveting book, the movie features a tired Jason Statham, a humongous shark, lots of explosions and mainly people falling in water. Everyone else is a bit player with hokey dialogues and an ability to scream when they’re about to die.
If you’re a creature movie enthusiast and are curious about the film, aren’t into piracy, then paying the price of the ticket would be worth it. Else give it a miss. Barring the expected jolts one gets with the shark breaching or looming up behind, this movie is a dud.
The cinematography isn’t flat but the use of drone photography probably does a bit to make it visually less BLAH.
I love watching creature movies. Not the Creature From The Black Lagoon kinda movie, but creatures like dinosaurs, sharks (Oooh! I love shark movies), crocodiles etc. I draw the line at snakes but that’s just good sense!
When I saw the trailer for the movie MEG, I did what I usually do…I jumped to Wikipedia and learnt that the movie was inspired by the books written by Steve Alten. Then I did what I do next; pulled up the books on Amazon and despite hitches here and there have read the MEG series all the way through barring the next installment that’s coming out this August.
Now watching a movie is so stimulating and one can really bring the books to life but these books had a life of their own. The descriptions of the prehistoric apex predators of the primordial seas is just that good! And to add to the crisp and compelling narrative, is the layering of all the factual data that adds credence to Alten’s prose.
From the Mariana Trench to the Panthalassa Sea(something I got to know only after cracking open this series), these books provide a vivid depiction of life when creatures were literally larger than life and how man reacts to them in his environment in the present day.
Along with peoples’ greed, avarice and constantly needing something new to bring them out of the tedium of their daily lives; this series keeps you engrossed because you want to know just what will come out of the depths of the ocean this time around and how it will wreck chaos and havoc a thousand times over!
It’s over the top. But fun. It’s unbelievable till you start to Google all the animal names Alten mentions and you realize that each and every one of the existed.
Read it for an escape from the humdrum of books which don’t cause your pulse to race…however slightly. Read it because it’s just that unputdownable!