3. The Deep, Dark Stare
After the meg escapes the trench, it visits the Mana One underwater research facility and chomps some whales for breakfast. Just before that, however, the scene in which it scares young Meiying (Shuya Sophia Cai) pays tribute to Jaws 3-D. Here, the shark stares at the little girl before sinking its teeth into the aquarium glass and swimming off.
It's a familiar shot for those who loved the 1983 sequel in which Dennis Quaid's Mike Brody & Co. are locked in an intense stare-down with a Great White. Similarly, Turteltaub sends chills down our spines, honing in on the dark, lifeless eyes, throwing a nod to what director Joe Alves did more than 30 years ago.
2. Swarming the Bathers
When the meg decides to have lunch, it swims out to Sanya, a popular Chinese beach resort. There, a young kid watches the creature's fin cutting through the water are people are pulled beneath the surface. It begins to drag down rafts, life boats and everything in between, but it's the kid staring in horror that resonates, due in no small part to nostalgia.
The kid has that same look of fear we saw in 1975 with young Mike when the shark swam into the bay, giving Chief Brody one of his earliest looks at the damage it could do as it attacked children on a raft. Then, there's also the famous "Get out of the water" scene in which the fin cuts through the water as the sharks attacks a group of unsuspecting bathers, which The Meg definitely recaptures in all its blood and gore.
1. The Boat Assault
Midway through The Meg, the prehistoric shark attacks a boat, opening its jaws wide as it grabs the body of the first dead megalodon that escaped the trench. The trailer deceives folks a bit, as it seems the shark is attacking the people on the vessel, but it simply wants its mate back. It does, however, assault the boat right after in a sequence in which we see most of its body out the water, flailing in rage.
That evokes the Jaws finale, in which the Great White attacked the boat Chief Brody was on. As the shark chomps at the vessel, Quint (Robert Shaw) slips into its mouth. A meg doing the same, only this time it's a way bigger boat, and the enormous creature causes a lot more chaos.
In theaters nationwide, director Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Masi Oka, Cliff Curtis, Page Kennedy, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao and Rainn Wilson.