This particular moment does not even feature any of the colossal sharks.
Caution! This post includes spoilers for Meg 2: The Trench. If you haven’t watched the movie yet and prefer to avoid any spoilers, please do not proceed!
Believe it or not, the most astonishing scene in Meg 2: The Trench isn’t when Jason Statham uses his legs to keep a massive shark’s jaws open or when Wu Jing blows up a giant octopus with a homemade bomb using fertilizer. It’s the moment when Jonas Taylor, the protagonist, swims across the ocean floor without any diving equipment.
Ben Wheatley directs this sci-fi sequel where eco-warrior Jonas and his team discover an illegal mining operation while exploring the Mariana Trench’s deepest parts. Their dive was interrupted when the head miner, Montes, and their dubious boss, billionaire Hillary Driscoli, blew up their team to conceal their research from the scientific explorers, resulting in a hole in the thermocline layer, grounding Jonas (Statham), and his team’s ships.
As they had observed escape pods linked to the miners’ hidden station, Jonas and his crew put on their high-tech exosuits and started walking along the ocean floor towards them. Several of them didn’t make it due to limited oxygen supplies and the presence of three megalodons and other sea monsters causing mayhem. The situation got even worse when Jess, the surface navigator, was revealed to be working with Hillary. She released the escape pods before Jonas, his stepdaughter Meiying, Jiuming, and Rigas arrived, trapping them inside a flooding chamber. Here’s where things get bizarre.
The group realizes that their only chance of escaping the chamber is if someone opens it from the outside. Jonas bravely volunteers to swim out of a hatch and make his way to the doorway to free the rest of them. Meiying expresses concern, fearing that the extreme water pressure at 25,000ft below sea level will kill him, but Rigas assures her that he will be fine as long as he exhales the air from his lungs and sinuses prior to the swim and doesn’t stay in the water for more than a minute. Some viewers found humor in the scene and joked about the lack of importance given to protection from the crushing water pressure, while others tried to apply logic to it.
As I read more about the movie, my excitement to watch it just keeps growing. Statham has a knack for choosing enjoyable, mindless action flicks,” one commenter remarked. Another added, “He’s just on another level.”
A third viewer said, “It feels like someone who was blown away by the over-the-top antics of Sharknado poured all their resources into creating something even more insane.”
An additional individual chimed in with, “This is actually a nod to how Jason Statham prepared himself to play ‘Jason Statham’ in the Fast and Furious series.”
The events that unfold in the aforementioned sequence become even more peculiar when you take into account that a team member of Mana One is fatally injured when her exosuit helmet cracks and eventually caves in just a few minutes before. Several Reddit users have expressed doubts about the believability of both incidents as compared to the OceanGate tragedy in June 2023 where a Titan submersible with five men aboard collapsed while exploring the Titanic wreckage. One user justified the difference in the incidents by stating that the Titan sub was a machine, whereas the victim in this case was a human being. Another user dismissed the criticism by reminding that the story is fictional.