Within the Meg motion pictures, there’s no scarcity of violent deaths. Each movies function a lot of scenes the place individuals are viciously killed, and the sequel specifically, Meg 2: The Trench, truly ups the ante by throwing extra prehistoric monsters into the combination. It seems, nevertheless, that the brand new blockbuster didn’t truly must struggle onerous in any respect for its PG-13 ranking from the MPA, and the content material needs of director Ben Wheatley have been happy in a manner that additionally negated any want for an unrated minimize.
The filmmaker spoke about Meg 2’s ranking throughout an interview with CinemaBlend final week previous to the movie’s theatrical launch. Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg arrived in theaters in 2018 with a PG-13 ranking, and I requested Wheatley if there was ever a dialog about making the sequel R-rated – or on the very least making an unrated minimize for house video. He defined that the film was designed to tiptoe on the sting of a extra restricted ranking when it was in manufacturing and the enhancing room, and finally there weren’t any standout points due to the character of the violence. Mentioned Wheatley,
When a Megalodon kills an individual in Meg 2: The Trench, there often is a splash of blood that accompanies the second, however there isn’t any gratuitous gore. In a way, the dimensions of the shark offers the films a bonus in terms of taking pictures for PG-13, because the Meg can simply swallow characters complete whereas smaller sharks must take chunks out of their prey.
Staying throughout the boundaries of a PG-13 ranking didn’t restrict the artistic satisfaction that Ben Wheatley received from making the movie, and it additionally had one other profit for him: it offers the film the capability to be one among 2023’s summer time motion pictures for all ages. Having spent most of his profession making options which can be strictly for adults – like Kill Checklist, Excessive Rise and Free Fireplace – he stated that was one thing that he was joyful to alter up with the making of Meg 2. Wheatley continued,
Starring Jason Statham, Jing Wu, Cliff Curtis, and Sienna Guillory, and sporting a family-friendly ranking, Meg 2: The Trench is now taking part in in theaters in all places (and it unseated Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer for second place on the field workplace this previous weekend). Keep tuned right here on CinemaBlend for extra from my interview with Ben Wheatley, and preview all the huge movies set to return out within the remaining months of the 12 months with our 2023 Film Launch Calendar.