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‘The Meg’ Has Been Rated PG-13 So Don’t Expect Too Much Gruesome Violence

Granted, Jaws was rated PG, but that was a far different time.

Those looking for true terror and nasty shark-on-human carnage may be a bit disappointed to learn that Jon Turteltaub’s recently retitled The Meg, based on Steve Alten’s shark attack novel, has been handed a PG-13 rating by the MPAA this week.

The good news? It’s listed as containing action/peril, bloody images and some language.” Of particular note, the term “bloody images” makes us smile.

Jason Statham (Furious 7, The Expendables films) and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction) star in the Warner Bros. film.

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. 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.

Rounding out the international main cast of Meg are New Zealander Cliff Curtis (The Dark Horse, Risen, TV’s Fear the Walking Dead), Rainn Wilson (TV’s The Office, Super), Ruby Rose (xXx: Return of Xander Cage, TV’s Orange is the New Black), Winston Chao(Skiptrace, Kabali), Page Kennedy (TV’s Rush Hour), Jessica McNamee (The Vow, TV’s Sirens), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The BFG, TV’s The Missing), Robert Taylor (Focus, TV’s Longmire), Sophia Shuya Cai (Somewhere Only We Know), and Masi Oka (TV’s Hawaii Five-0, Heroes).

The Meg will swim into theaters on August 10, 2018.



  • Baron Von Marlon

    Anyone who read the novel and can tell if that’s bloody or not?

    • Read it as a kid several times. I remember it being pretty graphic at points, especially when it came to animal on animal carnage.

  • Kyle Ord

    And now the reason Eli Roth left has been revealed. He probably wanted to do hard R

  • MrX13

    This movie sounds like it should rated R. Hopefully it should be entertaining

  • Gray Michael

    Guess it’s more of an action movie then a horror movie so PG-13 makes sense. I love a good shark movie so I’m in no matter what.

  • CelticBull

    R obviously would’ve been better, but the Jurassic Park movies are PG as well…
    I’ve yet to give up hope on this one.
    I don’t need gore.
    Animal vs animal isn’t that much of a deal for the rating and when a 50ft shark gets you, there’s not going to be a lot of chewing… Think Eddie Carr’s death in Lost World.

    • Baron Von Marlon

      I’d LOVE an R-Rated Jurassic Park!

  • Bluebolt

    Potential problem with this movie is that the shark is too big. I think most people fear being eaten alive – being bit up into pieces, etc. Seems like it would be painful. But the shark in this movie is so large compared to people that he’s likely to just swallow them whole. Drowning in a monster’s stomach would no doubt suck but probably doesn’t cause the kind of irrational fear that being chewed up would produce.

    Still hope it’s a great movie but don’t see why a giant shark would even bother chewing tiny people up before swallowing them.

    • Biscoito18

      Now I want a scene with someone drowning inside the shark. If well done it could be more horrifying than just being bittten.

      • Necro

        Yeah that would be sick!

      • J Jett

        i always wondered if Zara’s death scene in JURASSIC WORLD had her alive in the Mososaurus’s stomach. her death was already horrific and brutal but then the idea of her being stuck alive (and dying) inside the beast…
        i was reading a comment on that youtube link i posted and it said this…

        “pollo20x6 apparently there was an additional scene where she keeps trying to call Claire’s phone after the attack, confirming that she was alive after being eaten so a good amount of time. Oh by the way she was also planning her wedding too that day.”

        • r_jovinski

          That is not true, specially because Mosasaurus has teeth in the roof of it’s mouth ( you can even see it on the frozen frame above).

          Originally though more of Zara would be visible inside of the mouth with blood and parts coming out as it closes, but it was changed because it was deemed to graphic.

          The Mosa would finish eating as a family of visitors would watch horrified in the underwater observatory down below. (there are storyboards of that scene).

          • J Jett

            r_jovinski, thanx for the clarification (about Zara’s death)! i actually would prefer (for Zara or anyone in that situation) the death be as close to instantaneous as possible. the idea of being inside the creatures stomach with horrific injuries/broken bones/etc. for even a tiny bit just horrifies me to my core. lol.

        • Biscoito18

          Amazing. Just a scene with Claire looking her recent missed calls after the attack would be scary af

        • RipleyCroft

          I really dislike this movie. But this entire scene in general and this death specifically is the best part of the movie. With the fact that this character really didn’t deserve this kind of end. She could’ve been a sub character that survives. This was straight up savage. (she was just trying to do her stressful job too lol)

          • J Jett

            RipleyCroft, i know, right? Zara, who was really not a mean/bad/unlikable character, got one of THE most horrific/savage and i think longest death scenes in maybe the whole franchise’s run. even Donofrio’s character (who IS the big baddie of the film) wasn’t given/shown a death like Zara’s. her death was/is still REALLY disturbing and upsetting (in a good way, i guess. LOL). i think part of it is that i also love Katie McGrath, so seeing her (yes, in character. LOL) getting killed like that is upsetting.

    • Biscoito18

      Just imagine the panic of being in the dark, surrounded by slippery walls of flesh, trying to keep your head out of the water mixed with blood and animal remains while the walls squirm and make a strong suction into the animal from where there will be no turning back .

      • Bluebolt

        The sheer terror of this possibility will no doubt disrupt my sleep patterns for years to come!

      • Saturn

        You sound as if you’re describing sex with my ex.

        • Biscoito18

          damn hahahahahahaahahah

          • Saturn

            That’s exactly what she’d say afterwards!

        • J Jett


    • J Jett

      Bluebolt, exactly! i agree w/ you 100%.

  • dukeblues

    The books were sooooo bad. Peter Benchly was much more talented.

    • DoopGremlin

      Hardly. Jaws (the novel) is pure garbage. Meg has the decency to be a fun, breezy read.

      • Hank_Scorpio

        Thank God someone sees the truth. Jaws the novel is unreadable in long stretches.

      • Riiiiiiiiiight

        No, “Meg” was so bad that the author re-wrote and re-released it. The book was an embarrassment. And I read both “Jaws” and “Meg”.

        • John Wills

          passing subjective garbage opinions off as anything other than that is par for the course… am I right?

  • Necro

    Usually I’m quick to point out ratings for films and/or have a problem with certain ratings for certain films. In this case though I’m not at all surprised. Even ignoring the fact that ‘Jaws’ was PG and still was done in such a way to be able to spread fear amongst viewers to think twice about getting into deep water ever again! Anyway with this prehistoric shark it makes ‘Jaws’ look like a goldfish, and could swallow a T-Rex by mistake! So how much gore could we really expect from this? It’s like ‘King Kong’ or ‘Godzilla’ stepping on someone, they’re so big it’s over in a second. Now I LOVE it when Horror movies are rated R, but in this case I really don’t have a problem with it. I’m more concerned about the story, pacing, and the over-abundance of shitty CGI (hopefully it’s not). Maybe the biggest concern though is maybe the shark is to big! Hopefully not so we’ll see.

  • ChaosHD

    Very disappointing that The Meg is being rated The PG-13.

  • DoopGremlin

    The books are gory…but the film doesn’t need imo. Just gimme dat trailer.

    • John Wills

      book?? This has been changed so much youll wonder if you ever read it.

  • zombie84_41

    Norm I bug over PG-13 ratings but look at the shallows, and the recent 47 meters down both were fantastic and rated PG-13 just as long as Meg can capture fear and have some cool gore scenes and have a great story I’m down. The think that worries me the most is the director I fuckin hate him so much.

  • K.O.

    Not surprised by the PG-13 rating, read the book as an adolescent and found it really entertaining but not as intense as some horror-novel fare. They can basically tell the same story and edit out from f-bombs. Hope they keep DJ’s death as-is, loved that scene!

  • J Jett

    i never expected this movie to have an R rating. PG-13 makes sense since there wouldn’t be tons of gore with a shark the size of Meg. it’s so big it would just swallow people whole which in turn would not leave a lot of gore all over the place.

    • Barry El Beardo

      What if (The) Meg has terrible aim and manages to get people right down the middle?

  • The_Gentleman

    Shitty, stupid book going to be a shitty, stupid movie. Eat it up, lemmings.

    • John Wills

      Shitty man who likes to be bitter for no reason other than why?? Btw this has no semblance to that shitty novel you may or may not have read.

  • Rob

    FFS, what did the studio execs do, have a meeting on how to hamstring this shitfest?
    Senior Exec: “Ok guys, how can we fuck this thing up?”
    Exec #1: “Weak budget?”
    Senior Exec: “I like it, gimme more…”
    Exec #2: “Cast B list actors who give less than a shit?”
    Senior Exec: “Good, good, more…”
    Exec #3: “…..Rate it PG 13?”
    Senior Exec: “FUCKING GENIUS! Promote that guy and lets shoot this turd!”

    • John Wills

      Remember the script we optioned. Lets make our own thing despite people being fans.

    • Joshua Martyniouk

      Hopefully WB has some great films in 2018.

  • Demented Daniel

    I had to share this one. I’m sure it’s been seen before, but I hope not by everyone.

    • david

      Nice Demented Daniel. I think I’d probably prefer to watch that Meg movie instead of the shark one.

      • John Wills

        It would be closer to the novel im sure.

    • John Wills

      You need to add THE or else i may be confused.

  • marklola12 .

    I don’t get how it could have been that gory anyway, looking at the size of it in scale it would 9 times out of 10 end up just swallowing people anyway



  • REC03

    I’m not surprised this seems to be going in a big budget tent pole type direction. The Shallows was pretty good and was PG-13. What has me worried is the mediocre director they got.

  • BreeBennett

    No need for gore or blood in shark movies in my opinion. So, not surprised by this.


      Why not?

  • Oh my Lord… the news about this movie is getting worse and worse. I’m beginning to think the people making it have never even heard of the book, let alone read it.

  • Jinder Mahal’s Forearm

    I like it. These shark movies lately just perpetuate the stereotype that sharks are indiscriminate human hunting killing machines. Maybe they aren’t going that route with the movie. I’m having a hard time remembering the book because it’s been like 15 years since I read it.

  • Sarigar

    Someone needs to go balls out and make a hard R-rated Hookjaw movie.

    • Joshua Martyniouk

      I need a hard R Shark movie!

  • Mike tantatelli

    Already wrecked. I was stoked about this movie. Now I’m not. What a shame.

  • Meisha’s Taint


    This is gunna flop.

  • BrannigansLaw

    I think there’s only one PG-13 horror movie I really enjoyed and that was Drag Me to Hell. I liked how Rami found all the things he could get away with and then had fun with it. It’s hard to make a shark movie and not go up against Jaws, especially without looking like a Sy-Fy Channel movie. Hoping it’s fun, but sounds like those that have read the book are getting pretty upset though.

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  • El_Fez

    Booo! PG-13 is the bane of all Hollywood, not just horror movies.

    Let kids see R rated flicks the way that god intended: by sneaking into them!

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