If you read any of my web serials you know that I’m a fan of sci-fi, so when I saw the trailers for Morgan I knew I had to see it. To better relay my impression of the movie I’m going to change up my reviewing system. I’m simplifying it into what I did and didn’t like.
Rating: I’d give Morgan 2.5 out of 5 stars.
What I Liked: Acting– the acting was good across the board. Kara Mara was excellent, Paul Giamatti’s short performance was a nail biter, and Anya Taylor-Joy was extremely believable as the main character Morgan who toed the line between humanity and the “synthetic” person she was created as. The supporting cast was also spectacular. Directing– the movie was directed by the son of Ridley Scott, Luke Scott, and he definitely has what it takes. The movie flows well, it pulls you in, and is very believable. The use of scenery reminded me a little of Prometheus. Script– the writing was great and the actors carried it out very well. Fighting– the choreography was great.
What I Didn’t Like: Length– The movie is short. Too short. Only an hour and a half including the previews. Usually i wouldn’t list this as an issue, but i felt like there was a lot unsaid in the movie that could have been added in. Exploration of the genre– As a fan of sci-fi this movie didn’t do the genre justice. Everything was there except for a real exploration of the sci-fi plot line, and that is really why the movie dropped to a 2.5 out of 5 stars for me. The movie never really gets into the specifics of what Morgan is. They skim the surface of it at the beginning but it’s never really delved into it anymore, and it’s only near the end that you realize she’s basically a weaponized synthetic person, which kind of makes her an AI, but not really. Its a little fuzzy. It came as a big surprise when suddenly she was kicking everyone’s ass nearly effortlessly. Morgans evolution- Morgan evolution, especially when it comes to the violence is a little disjointed. She goes from snapping the neck of a dying dear, which could possibly be construed as mercy, to stabbing a woman in the eye, and then ripping someones throat out with her teeth. Poor Paul Giamatti. But then she goes back to snapping necks and just shooting people. I felt that the escalation wasn’t right, and as said before, the sudden kicking of ass out of nowhere. The Ending– the final fight scene just didn’t do it for me. Kate Mara’s character, who surprise is also a synthetic person, but an older model, surprised Morgan by the lake after Morgan beat her for a second time. Despite Morgan kicking serious ass the rest of the time, I felt like Mara’s character won too easily in this final fight. It was a little underwhelming.
Morgan if one of those movies that i liked but i also didn’t. The movie was put together and executed well but it didn’t have any subject depth. As a fan of sci-fi movies, which tend to struggle at the box office, it needed to be better than this. Although i saw an early showing I was still the only person there, and that doesn’t bode well for its profits. IMDB is estimating only 2 million on the weekend.