Movie Review: Morgan (2016)

Directed by Luke Scott, son of sci-fi royalty father Ridley Scott, in his directorial film debut, Morgan is a 2016 sci-fi/thriller featuring an ensemble cast. Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) is an artificially created human who has begun lashing out at her creators, so Lee Weathers (Kate Mara), a risk-assessment officer for the parent company, is sent to dispose of Morgan. Among the science team are head scientists Dr Ziegler (Toby Jones) and Dr Lui Cheng (Michelle Yeoh), and Amy Menser (Rose Leslie), a fellow scientist who is a friend to Morgan.

+ Morgan (Taylor-Joy) is really fun to watch. Between this, her breakout role in The Witch and the upcoming Split, I can see her becoming a horror/thriller movie mainstay. The highlight of the film is Paul Giamatti as psychologist Alan Shapiro, who steals the show in one scene with Taylor-Joy
+ whilst overall the plot is relatively weak, once it does seem to wear one genre out the entire film shifts, and then once the film nears the end, it shifts once more. It was admirable that the movie was not scared to try and be several things at once, because for the most part it succeeded

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Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) talking with Lee Weathers (Kata Mara) and Dr Ziegler (Toby Jones)

– all throughout, I never really felt tense or as if anything was at risk. Even once the film shifted to it’s advertised thriller half, it felt like the plot was just going through the motions of what a movie like this should, which includes a twist you will see coming form a mile away
– I really would have liked more from some of the supporting characters, such as Toby Jones’ Dr Ziegler or Dr Grieff (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the latter of whom is mostly used as a plot device. Jones in particular, on Sherlock and in Wayward Pines, has shown he can do the antagonist role really well, when given the chance
– the plot felt very similar to other movies, as an amalgamation of plots. Most noticeable is the similarities to Ex Machina, and even perhaps The Thing, with the setting being an isolated research base. Overall, I don’t really think the plot was anything unique

> at least the film introduced me to a new band, Poliça, an American synth-pop band. Their song “Very Cruel” plays over the credits

Should you see this film: As far as sci-fi films go, this was nothing unique. Despite great performances from an incredible, ensemble cast, you won’t miss anything if you give this a pass.

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