Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"


Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.


    No Rating Available

Watch This Review

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Movie Review

The Mariana Trench is a crescent shaped valley in the Earth's crust considered to be the deepest part of the world's oceans. Let's put it this way: Scientists say that if Mount Everest were dropped into the Trench, the mountain's peak would still be more than a mile beneath the surface.

But what if that deep chunk of ocean floor off the coast of China isn't really a floor at all? What if it's a false layer of gasses and silicon that's been created by hydrothermal vents in a much deeper level of the ocean? And if so, what might be lurking down there?

That's the question the ultra-modern underwater research facility, Mana One, was created to answer. Led by visionary Chinese oceanographer Dr. Minway Zhang and his gifted daughter, Suyin, the researchers used high-tech submersibles to dive through that false floor. What they discover is an ecosystem filled with species that mankind has never seen before, an ancient world hidden for, it seems, millions of years.

But an ancient, unexplored world can come with some ancient unseen dangers, don't you know. And that's exactly what Mana One's submersible crew stumbles upon: something big and dark and angry. In fact, it's 75 feet of dark and angry, to be precise: a Megalodon, a creature no one thinks could possibly still exist.

This prehistoric monster shark is attracted by the submarine's bright lights. And all it has to do is thump the relatively fragile underwater craft a few times with its sizable bulk, and suddenly three trapped crewmen find themselves clinging to survival in depths of water where a rescue has never been attempted.

Jonas Taylor is the only man who's even come close to going that deep. But after his last rescue turned deadly a few years back—thanks to some impossibly large creature that no one actually saw—he got out of the deep-sea rescue business. In fact, he's become something of a drunk, trying to drown his bitter memories. And he has absolutely no interest in helping Dr. Zhang.

Of course, Jonas is really the only person for the job.

He's the only guy with the skills and the pure bravado.

And, well, his ex-wife just happens to be the downed submersible's pilot. So there's that, too.

I guess it's time for Jonas Taylor to take another poke at an impossibly large creature that no one believes can still possibly exist.

Positive Elements

Jonas is that type of guy who's willing to put it all on the line to save those in danger. And he does so here on several occasions—often leaping unprotected into waters teaming with sharks of many sizes.

But Jonas isn't the only hero here. Several others actually give their lives, willingly, in an effort to save their friends. Jonas and others mourn those who are lost. But Suyin reminds them, "It's not just about the ones you lose, it's also about the ones you save."

After being badly injured, a stoic father turns to his daughter and expresses his feelings of love and pride—emotions that he was unable to express in their normal, day-to-day lives before that.

Spiritual Content

A man looks at the large megalodon terrorizing people and declares, "That thing is the devil." We're shown a large statue of a three-faced Buddhist goddess of sorts that stands in China's Sanya Bay.

Sexual Content

A Chinese beach and waterfront is populated by hundreds of swimmers. Bikinis abound.

A young tech proclaims that "sex, food, power and money" are the four things that motivate him in life. Suyin charges into Jonas' room right after he steps out of the shower. He's dressed only in a towel, and Suyin (as well as the camera) carefully examines his chiseled physique. But after Suyin leaves the room, she voyeuristically peeks back into it through a glass porthole in the door, obviously hoping to see more of him and with a lusty look on her face.

Violent Content

As you might imagine, when you're dealing with a monstrous, ravenous shark sporting teeth the size of a picket fence, you're gonna end up with lots of peril and mess. And that's exactly what The Meg delivers.

A full-sized submarine gets pounded and crushed, and several submersibles receive the same treatment—all erupting in underwater explosions and killing their human occupants. One escaping submariner has a sharp object driven into her abdomen. Helicopters smash into each another, plunging in flames into the ocean and onto the deck of a ship. Several large boats are destroyed as well. In one case, the Mana One crewmembers examine the aftermath, pulling up the carcasses of several smaller, butchered sharks as well as a gory, dismembered arm from a human victim.

We see the meg rip large hunks of blubber out of a whale and bite a smaller one in half. (The camera lingers on the bloody, goopy remains.) The huge beast also attacks Mana One researchers and a beach full of splashing vacationers—repeatedly pummeling, crushing and gobbling up terrorized and screaming people.

This sort of deadly havoc—seen both up close and at a distance—is often fast and somewhat blurry. But on a number of occasions, we see people swallowed whole singly and in crowds. A bloody wave is generally left in the monster's wake after it feeds. In one shot after a beach attack, the shark swims toward the camera with its mouth open: Its rows of ragged, saw-edged teeth are littered with the remnants of swimsuits and other human debris. On several occasions scores of smaller, opportunistic sharks swoop in on the bloody dead and dying left in the ocean waters. We also see a bucket of bloody chum.

A supposedly indestructible shark cage is pulled free of its chained mooring and nearly swallowed whole with the human occupant still inside. And even when some lucky folks manage to escape, the jaw-snapping, sharp-toothed peril is still thick.

People drop depth charges on the meg (dramatically—and bloodily—detonating a whale in the process) and fire at it with automatic weapons. Harpoons and sharp objects are driven into the gigantic shark at various points along its body.

Someone mentions that while working for Greenpeace, a female pilot created a homemade explosive and blew up a whaling boat. Other characters winkingly agree that her terrorist actions weren't all that bad.

Crude or Profane Language

One s-word, seven or eight uses each of "h---" and "d--n" and a couple uses each of "b--tard," "b--ch" and "a--." We hear several misuses of God's name (including one combined with "d--n"). Jesus' name is exclaimed once fully and another time partially.

Drug and Alcohol Content

When Dr. Zhang seeks out Jonas in Thailand to recruit his help, Jonas is essentially a drunk who lives above a bar, content to imbibe practically nonstop. What's worse, the film suggests that this overindulgence hasn't impacted him negatively at all. In fact, he's impossibly fit and instantly able to drop the bottle and leap into heroic action.

Other Negative Elements

The Mana One research facility has been financed by a gregarious billionaire named Morris. But he lies and breaks laws to limit his potential liability when things turn disastrous.


When you first hear a fabulous yarn told by a friend or relative who's really gifted at storytelling, it can have a big impact. The well-paced reveals, the mounting tension, the great payoff—it's the kind of stuff that can send a whole room of people into gales of laughter or leave them breathless.

Let's face it, though: By the time you hear that same story the fifth, sixth or twentieth time, it's not quite so exciting. The tale might get bigger with each retelling—and you might still grin at parts—but it's just not the same.

That sums up The Meg pretty well.

This fishy tale is essentially Jaws on CGI steroids. It regurgitates that familiar finned fable, while also nibbling on derivative bits from favorites such as Jurassic Park and Moby Dick. There are bigger predators, a buffer hero and louder screams as larger crowds of beachgoers get gobbled.

But that once-great shark story? Well, it's sorta lost in the chum, er, lost its charm.

Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles



Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews



Readability Age Range



Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor; Rainn Wilson as Jack Morris; Bingbing Li as Suyin; Shuya Sophia Cai as Meiying; Winston Chao as Dr. Minway Zhang; Robert Taylor as Dr. Heller; Ruby Rose as Jaxx Herd


Jon Turteltaub ( )


Warner Bros.



Record Label



In Theaters

August 10, 2018

On Video

November 13, 2018

Year Published



Bob Hoose

Content Caution

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!