The cold, generic and completely forgettable film “Morgan” is a pretty pitiful excuse for a science fiction ‘thriller.’ Even the lame twist ending (itself quickly predictable from the get-go) can’t save the film’s previous 90 minutes of lackluster exposition.
Corporate troubleshooter Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) is sent to a top secret location deep in the woods to investigate a violent incident and assess the danger of a lab created semi-human, Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy). When their Frankenstein creation escapes, all hell breaks loose. Lee meets resistance from resident scientists and bunker staff Amy (Rose Leslie), Ted (Michael Yare), Skip (Boyd Holbrook), Simon (Toby Jones) and Cheng (Michelle Yeoh), a crowded acting field of folks that aren’t given much of anything to do except stare into space and repeatedly ask “where’s Morgan?”
This is a disappointing, dull movie with lackluster dialogue and completely wooden, robotic performances from all of the actors (Paul Giamatti being the sole exception, but who doesn’t love to watch him yell and cause a ruckus on screen)? This could’ve been a smart thriller with thoughtful themes, a movie with something important to say if only it had a better script and a better vision. I stopped caring before the film neared its halfway point.
There’s really not much to say about this boring movie because not much happens. It’s a one sentence plot that’s drawn out to craft a feature length movie. This whole exercise made me long for last year’s far better sci-fi gal in the glass box movie, “Ex Machina.” It’s unfair to compare the two because “Morgan” isn’t intelligent at all and relies mostly on violence and cheap horror tricks to keep viewers interested. Any attempt at suspense is squandered and the overall lack of storytelling ability from director Luke Scott (yes, Ridley’s son) is astounding. Don’t waste your time or money on this one.
Artificial intelligence and genetic engineering are tools to achieve profit and increase returns in “Morgan”, the new film from director Luke Scott (son of Sir Ridley).
Sometimes timing helps movies; sometimes it hurts them. “Morgan” has been released in the shadow of the massive cult hit “Stranger Things,” and having watched the trailer for “Morgan” repeatedly over the summer, the comparison is unavoidable. As we learn in the trailers, Morgan is a genetic experiment that has been engineered in a secret lab somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. When Morgan (a fast-aging female) starts to experiment with the powers that come with her genetic mutations, profits and humanity are put at risk. It is up to corporate risk management consultant Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) to stop Morgan and save the company.
“Morgan” is a strictly by-the-numbers techno-thriller. There’s not much new or exciting in the film, and not much worthy of remembering or discussing. That’s not to say it’s bad — it’s not — but it’s not really worth your time, either.