(Not)heroes: the story of a deconstructed superhero image in comic book adaptations
Marvel now many took out. More precisely, not even Marvel itself as such, but the dominance of their film comics. Film adaptations are full of stamps and even self-copying (I…

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Scary evil: eight charismatic maniacs from the world of cinema (part 2)
7. Maniac (Bloody harvest/FR. Haute tension, France, 2003) French Thriller directed by Alexander Azhe ("Mirrors", "the hills have eyes") in our collection — a kind of delicacy before dessert... This…

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(Not)heroes: the story of a deconstructed superhero image in comic book adaptations
Marvel now many took out. More precisely, not even Marvel itself as such, but the dominance of their film comics. Film adaptations are full of stamps and even self-copying (I…

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“MiG”: 25 meters.

At the box office, a fantastic Thriller with a concise title ” Meg ” joint American-Chinese production. Declared in the list of the hottest new films of the summer season, the film of John Tertelbaum, for the first day of hire collected about 70 million rubles, undoubtedly attracts the viewer. Spectacular poster, popular since the distant 75th theme of deep-sea bounty hunters and, of course, the name of Jason Statham in the credits. Did the creators of “Mega” breathe new life into the prehistoric monster, or are we waiting for another disappointment like “Shark tornado”?

So, the plot is hideously simple, and maybe primitive: during one of the dives into the Mariana trench bathyscaphe research station is attacked by an incomprehensible entity of enormous size. The crew is on the verge of death, and the only hope of the team is the elite deep-sea pilot Jonas Taylor (Statham). Forth, according to law genre, the viewer awaits polutorochasovaya scramble Statema/Taylor associates with 25-meter shark-Megalodon, extinct supposedly two million years ago… “Meg” is screen version of novel Steve Altena, 20 years waited his hours. The book, called in the 90’s “bestseller”, really wanted to screen many film companies, but for a number of reasons, the process stalled until the case was taken by Warner Bros.By The Way, Warner Bros. already has experience such shootings — the film 1999 “Deep blue sea”, collected in its time very decent box office. Reviewing it 18 years later, it is difficult to keep a smile at the sight of a professional model Dominique burrows in the role of the scientist-head of the underwater station. Well, respected by many actor Samuel L. Jackson in the role of the head of the pharmaceutical giant, investing millions in the development of a scientist-model, the absurdity of the image competes with the wiser as a result of genetic engineering sharks-Mako. But not the crux of the: long known, “Jaws” not surpass, and all, that was after — just “on motives Jaws” varying degrees, in dependence from budget, extent absurdity.Why is it that Meg is worthy of viewing?

First, the entertainment. Utterly direct, as tank, fighter with the most “direct” from all modern actors in the title role, podkolotyy, as injections Botox, generous Chinese financing, highly and highly spectacular. And if you stop imagining yourself as a demanding critic, trying to look for logic in all these deep-sea turns, you’re guaranteed to enjoy watching. The underwater world here is unreal, the science station is equipped with the latest fashion of the fantasy genre, and some shots can (Yes!) the theory of composition to study.

Second, the cast. A friend, with whom we attended the premiere, tearfully asked: “Statham, please do not touch, he still is… “Cards, money, two guns””. I’m not sure that everyone remembers Jason on “Two trunks”, but “Carrier” (and besides not one), “Mechanic”, “Specialist” -these are the roles with which the impenetrable face of the famous UK-proletarian is associated. We also do not look like aristocrats, so we will not turn back the muzzle: in the image of a deep — sea pilot Statem fits as organically as in a scuba suit-so much so that at some point it seems that he strangled a 25-meter monster with his bare hands, no one will be particularly surprised. It’s Statham!

There are quite a lot of heroes, moreover, this is a real international team, but they do not look like extras or soulless shark bait (the best die, and they are, of course, very sorry).Everyone, despite some inherent genre schematics, quite pronounced character, its own history. Relationships are built with nuance; between the characters have chemistry, sometimes distracting from the main storyline, but overall, not overlapping her oxygen.Separately, I want to note Shuya Sophia Tsai — a little girl with stunning facial expressions is not inferior, and sometimes outplays experienced actors – and the Chinese actress without age Li Bingbing. This exotic tandem is the real decoration of the film.

Thirdly, “Meg”, declared in the genre of horror, absolutely does not correspond to this genre. The film, shot at the intersection of Thriller and fantasy, is suitable for family viewing. Smoothly floating on a well-trodden path — a deep-sea monster and its victims, in sanitary norms blood with dismemberment, – it is completely devoid of the gloomy atmosphere of “Jaws” or the tense confrontation of “Shallows” (one of the best, in our opinion, films in its genre). And this is perhaps its main advantage. Spectacular, dynamic, easy, a little sentimental and generally positive movie.

Therefore, if you like movies about the confrontation of man and the elements, if you are one of those cheerful spectators who feel like a fish in water in 3D glasses, if you are not confused by some lack of logic of such pictures and do not scare the crowd of gygykayuschih citizens in the chairs next door — feel free to take your bucket of popcorn, and go! Enjoy your viewing.

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