The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

ABC's 'Resurrection' will Keep You Guessing

Jacob (Landon Gimenez) returns home to his mother Lucille
(Frances Fisher) 30 years later not aging a bit. (Photo: ABC)
An 8-year-old American wakes up in a rice paddy in China. He looks at the sky bewildered. Drenched in water, he stumbles his way into town where a nice couple realizes that the boy is lost. It turns out that his name is Jacob, he lives in Arcadia, Missouri and he died 30 years ago. So begins ABC newest sci-fi-ish drama, Resurrection which begins tonight, Sunday, March 9th at 9:00 p.m.

While the viewer, along with the show’s characters starts to wrap their minds around what has happened, other deceased people start popping up out of nowhere. Each has no memory of their death. To help sort things out is J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), who as immigration agent, is sort of a fish out of water. He only wanted to bring the boy back home and gets sucked into the drama. Helping him is Maggie (Devin Kelley), a local doctor.

(L-R) J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps),
Lucille and Henry Langston (Francis Fisher
and Kurtwood Smith) and Dr. Maggie
 Langston (Devin Kelley)
From tonight’s episode, it isn’t clear if this strange phenomenon is happening all around the world or just in their neck of the woods. Until we find that out, we discover that all of the main characters appear to be connected to each other in some way. Jacob (Landon Gimenez) is the son of Henry and Lucille Langston (Kurtwood Smith and Frances Fisher). Maggie is the niece of Henry who is the brother of Sheriff Fred Langston (Matt Craven). Fred’s wife died at the same time as Jacob. Maggie’s friend, Elaine Richards (Samaire Armstrong), has her own difficulties discovering that her father, Caleb (Sam Hazeldine), is also back from the dead. The town’s pastor, Tom Hale (Mark Hildreth), was Jacob’s childhood friend who is just as confused as everyone else and struggles to find a spiritual answer to all of it. And of course, there are some long lost secrets that will no doubt rise to the surface as well.

Brothers Henry and Fred (Kurtwood Smith
and Matt Craven)
Resurrection is certainly interesting and the first two episodes piqued my interest all the way through. It is a mystery that begs to be solved. With a storyline dealing with people who died and then came back to life, no older than when they left, you would expect this show to be controversial, but it’s not. I’m especially interested to see how the pastor handles all of it. The show pairs nicely with Once Upon a Time, which comes back from hiatus tonight as well.

The acting in the show is never heavy-handed and the show feels more like a movie than a TV show. That maybe thanks to Executive Producer, Aaron Zelman who has worked on the cable series Damages and The Killing. Resurrection, is based on the book “The Returned” by Jason Mott, his first novel.


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