The idea of Science Fiction becoming “Science Fact” is a scary thought if you pay attention to the movies. If it’s not an asteroid hurtling through space with the intentions of making us extinct, the film version of our species love to make creations in their own image, whether it be robots or clones that eventually try to destroy us. Just look at the Terminator franchise or Ex Machina where those robots turned on their makers. The film up next to display the future ways for mankind to be replaced or eliminated is Morgan, although this title character is no machine. Morgan is something completely different whose existence conjures up many moral and ethical issues.
Morgan is a film split into two totally different halves with contrasting vibes and themes. The first part of the movie sees a corporate risk-management consultant for a mysterious conglomerate named Lee (Played by Kate Mara) dealing with a crisis at one of the company’s numerous top-secret project facilities. It seems that a group of scientists have made a living humanoid from scratch and there has been an incident involving the specimen Morgan (Anya Taylor Joy) and one of the team members. Lee battles with the team of researchers over the idea of Morgan being a real person or just a piece of company property that needs to be terminated.
The first half of Morgan deals with some thought-provoking debates and decisions. If a being is birthed artificially by an organization, is this individual a person with a soul and does this “it”, as Morgan is referred to by some of our players involved, have human rights. Morgan acts like you and I thanks to another strong performance from Anya Taylor Joy (The Witch), but there’s something off at times as she struggles to keep her emotions in check. You feel for this human fabrication as you witness her humanity, but cower in fear knowing at a drop of a dime she can become a loose cannon prone to violence. It’s an interesting dilemma presented to the audience concerning Morgan’s right to life driven by the strong emotional acting of Joy as the mysterious Morgan.
The problems in Morgan start when the direction of the film goes from one of intrigue to a generic Sci-Fi action thriller with a twist that’s easy to figure out from the clues at hand. The conflict and hand to hand combat is nothing special and the clash between Morgan and the powers at be doesn’t match the provocative first half and the questions the movie raises. Once the twist is revealed, you’re left with an empty feeling that Morgan is just another action film clone that squandered its potential created in the film’s excellent exposition. Morgan is by no means is a bad film, just one that could have been great if the creators would have followed through with their initial motif instead of bloody fists with zero emotional impact.
Overall, I give Morgan 2.5 out of 4 stars.
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