Morgan isn’t just one of the most inept and illogical movies of the year, but one of the most infuriatingly bland. The film deals with many familiar Sci-fi concepts, from artificial intelligence to man acting as God, but not only does the film fail to provoke thoughtful discussion, but is unable to bring anything new to the table. While it’s hard to fault any of the performers, the characterization is unreasonably bland, and a disservice to the talented cast.
Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) is a risk assessment consultant for a major corporation, dispatched to assess an artificial biology: Morgan. Morgan (Anna-Taylor Joy) has suffered from trauma following a violent outbreak, and with an increased pressure following an inspection, she begins to lash out in unpredictable ways. Sound familiar? The film is filled with cliches, and never finds its footing with a distinctive style.
The characters are so dull and lifeless here that even A-list talent like Paul Giamatti or Toby Jones can’t save the film, with dislodge lifted out of every generic horror film ever. It’s a thoroughly unpleasant experience, with a grin visual style and an utter lack of suspense or genuine terror. We certainly need an increased number of original Sci-fi films, just as long as they’re nothing like Morgan. Grade: C-
For more thoughts on Morgan, check out my apperance on “After Credits”: