The Meg swims into theaters, and hearts, worldwide

Forty years ago, the world was menaced by a shadowy figure, in the shape of a large, great white shark. At 25 feet, it was the biggest fish to hit the screen, and millions were fascinated by it’s power and sheer terrorizing qualities. Jaws was the ultimate creature feature, and the fact that it told a story that was plausible kept many people out of the water for years to come.

Imagine a shark that, instead of being 25 feet, is nearly 25 meters in length. A shark who bites whales in half, and swallows not one but dozens of people in one, big bite!

“A deep-sea submersible – part of an international undersea observation program – has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific… with its crew trapped inside,” states the description, courtesy of Movieweb. “With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew – and the ocean itself – from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below… bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.”

The film takes you on an emotional journey as you follow the main characters on their quest to save themselves, and ultimately the world, from the creature they helped free from the depths. The script is well written, and the acting is corny but believable. It may not win an academy award for best picture, but the cinematography and special effects are truly the star of the show. It is, at it’s soul, a fun summer movie that is well worth spending a few hours to see at your favorite theater.

Starting this Thursday, you can experience the meaty monster for yourself in The Meg at AutoNation IMAX Theater. The power of IMAX makes you feel like you are swimming alongside Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) to help him rescue the crew aboard a deep-sea submersible that has been attacked by  this massive Megalodon while doing research off the coast of China. For The Meg Tickets go to www.mods.org

Add-on to your IMAX experience with a visit to the Museum of Discovery and Science to see a 50-foot- long megalodon. Take your photo inside the mouth of this massive creature. Then explore the traveling exhibit RESCUE to join the world of search and rescue teams. Explore what it’s like to work rescue operations by climbing into a helicopter, conduct an ocean rescue, ride a wave runner or climb a rock wall.

For more information go to www.mods.org.