Morgan (Movie Review)

Morgan (Movie Review)

On September 2nd of 2016, Morgan premiered in theaters, giving many of the Horror films premiering this year a run for their money. Directed by Luke Scott (The Hunger 1999, Loom 2012) in his directorial debut, Morgan was written by Seth W. Owen (Seriously Weird 2002, Peepers 2010) and was released via 20th Century Fox.

Highly anticipated, the film assembled a cast that brought celebrities from different parts of the world together in order to make the magic happen. That said, the cast includes Kate Mara (127 Hours 2010, Fantastic Four 2015) as Lee Weathers, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch 2015, Viking Quest 2015) as Morgan, Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger 2011, The Hunger Games 2012) as Dr. Ziegler, Rose Leslie (Honeymoon 2014, The Last Witch Hunter 2015) as Dr. Menser, Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl 2014, Run All Night 2015) as Skip, Paul Giamatti (Saving Private Ryan 1998, The Illusionist 2006) as Dr. Shapiro, and international legend Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000, Babylon A.D. 2008) as Dr. Cheng. With such an amazing cast and cinematography done by Mark Patten and Sci-Fi guru like Ridley Scott (Alien 1979, Blade Runner 1982) producing Morgan, there certainly are higher expectations for this film.

Still from Morgan
Still from Morgan

A peculiar, artificially created human, Morgan attacks one of her creators out of anger for the most random reason, so Lee Weathers is called in to assess whether to let her live and thus let the researchers continue on with their experiment, or terminate her to avoid any future mankind disasters. At first sight, Morgan seems like the most wonderful teenage girl. Although she is as tall as Lee is, she is only five years old. Experimental advances allow Morgan to develop at faster speeds, making both her cognitive and physical growth unmatched to that of a normal human being. Fast growth is not the only variable Morgan has; her agility, speed, strength, and intelligence are also severely heightened due to the fact that she has been genetically conceived.

Still from Morgan
Still from Morgan

When Dr. Alan Shapiro arrives at the secluded residence to do a psychological evaluation, things turn out bad when, once again, Morgan snaps out of her serene state and bites a chunk out of his throat, leaving him bleeding to death. Lee sees no other choice but to kill Morgan and orders the entire staff to terminate her, effective immediately. The doctors refuse to do such an atrocity, thinking they were going to kill their own creation, but when Morgan attacks again, all bets are off. Kick after kick, punch after punch, Morgan fights her way through the residence, eliminating anyone who stands in her way; all but one, her best friend, Dr. Amy Menser. Now Morgan and Amy are on the run. It is up to Lee to find them and stop Morgan before she can endanger the entire city, and soon after, the world.

Still from Morgan
Still from Morgan

Science has always found a way to make movie lovers believe in things that probably do not exist in real life. When a film this good is created, people’s minds ease into those thoughts a little faster and easier. Morgan reignited the fire that was slowly dying due to bad, made-for-television Sci-Fi films.

To some, Morgan be just another Thriller among many. To others, it will stay flagged as one of the most intricate and complicated movies they have seen in a long time; a film that will leave a solid mark in the memories of genre fans. Bringing in this talented cast only furthered Morgan’s success, because when legendary actors such as Michelle Yeoh agrees to appear in films created by filmmakers in other countries, it must be a pretty great script to get her attention. This guarantees that the film will be anything but boring. CrypticRock gives Morgan 4.5 out of 5 stars.

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

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G. A. Benitez
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G. A. is an avid fan of writing. Having graduated with a Psychology Degree and having finished his first novel, he spends his days writing and reviewing Horror movies and TV Shows. He also considers himself to be a mega fan of Pop artists and his current obsession is Ariana Grande. In his spare time, he likes playing video games when he is not working full-time or reading the newest books.

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