Starring: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rose Leslie, Michael Yare, Toby Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Paul Giamatti
Directed by: Luke Scott
Written by: Seth W. Owen
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr. 32 min
If 2015’s Ex Machina is a Nobel prize-winning physicist, then Morgan, is Larry the Cable Guy in a tuxedo. Morgan looks the part of a moody science fiction drama pondering the creation of life and its implications in our world. But quickly reveals its true nature as a disposable piece of sci-fi nonsense we’ve seen a million times before. Predictable, dull, and not as smart as it looks. Trust me, you’ll have guessed the ‘twist’ end of this movie after about the 20-minute mark.
The film sets itself up to be this huge tragic affair, but then forgets to properly develop its characters and make us care about any of them. The story never properly clarifies why we’re creating artificial people, and doesn’t present them as anything we should be worried about. Apart from some unclarified elevated levels of intuition, Morgan isn’t shown to have any special abilities. Other than some emotional instability and an inclination towards extreme violence. The movie hints about a possible future in dangerous covert operations, but doesn’t bother explaining why Morgan would be any good at them.
Heading into the third act, the movie completely derails. It’s supposedly super smart scientists become incredibly dumb in order the move the plot forward. And they ignore clear opportunities to resolve the conflicts they have in this story for no logical reason. Their motivations don’t make a lot of sense, and seemingly only exist to get Morgan to the finale with Lee Weathers (Kate Mara), a risk-management consultant sent to evaluate the project’s recent problems.
Set your expectations low for this one. This is no Ex Machina. Morgan is rated R for scenes of brutal violence and some bad language.
The close quarter action in this film is terrible. Shot too closely and edited until incomprehensible.