East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Summer movie


Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Summer movie

  1. I read “Meg” when it came out in the late ’90s, back when haunting bookstores meant going to work everyday. It was the first book I had read that I could tell was plotted specifically with screenplay translation in mind. Charles Pellegrino’s “Dust” had a similar feel but was more scientifically engaging so I bought into it more wholeheartedly. “Meg” was a fun enough beach read(!) if a bit silly and it looks like a reasonable summer timewaster. I like Jason Statham, he makes a good steely-eyed hero, though I wish that Hollywood would get away from the snarky banter, it’s tiring like the comic relief characters in anime (Chim Chim, 7-Zark-7, et al). I had frankly given up on this one making it to the big screen, but you know better than I that patience serves a writer well. They seem to have taken quite a few liberties with an already liberal plotline. If you haven’t read the sequel “The Trench” do yourself the favor. As a fellow dinosaur kid you’ll appreciate and cringe at the direction it takes at the end.


    • Thanks for the suggestion.
      I agree that MEG was a novel with “let’s make a movie” written all over it – but that’s all right.
      And yes, the funny banter can be mortally tiresome unless it’s directed by Lubitsch 😀


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