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…

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If you missed the live airing of this last night, no fret, you can still view all that went on by clicking on the video below. Enjoy.

Hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford, the “Bringing Son of God to the Big Screen” event will include Diogo Morgado (who played Jesus), Eduardo Verastegui (the voice of Jesus in the Spanish-language version of the film) and Jefferson Bethke (author of “Jesus>Religion”) as well. Fans will be able to post questions now or live during the hangout by logging into the hangout and using the Q&A app or by sharing information about it in social media using the hashtag #SonofGod.

You can view the live stream below at show time:

"Son of God is a Jesus film for a new generation - and there's no better way to talk about it with today's generation than through social media," Downey and Burnett said in today’s press release.

The film opened nationwide on February 28 and made 26.5 million for the weekend which beat all anticipated box office predictions. Though the film didn’t impress many critics (25% “rotten” rating on RottenTomatoes.com) the film is a hit with audiences (81% “fresh” at the same source).

Media all across the country have been documenting grassroots movement that has brought together churches, businesses and individuals who are taking have taken over entire theaters - every seat, every screen - to share the film with their communities. Such well-known pastors as Rick Warren, Joel Osteen and John Hagee have spearheaded the effort, which has also been supported by Robert Herjavec and Lori Grenier, two of the stars of Burnett's hit ABC TV series Shark Tank. Downey and Burnett said they are "absolutely overwhelmed" by the support their film has received. "The opportunity to see the epic story of Jesus in an epic movie-theater setting - in community with others - has created a level of excited anticipation we haven't seen with any other project we've been involved in."

Read my review of the movie here.


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