Morgan is a 2016 American science fiction horror film directed by Luke Scott (in his directorial debut) and written by Seth Owen. The film features an ensemble cast, including Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Giamatti.
Filming began on May 26, 2015 in Northern Ireland. The film was released on September 2, 2016 by 20th Century Fox.
Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a bioengineered child who began walking and talking after one month of existence, exceeding the wildest expectations of her creators. When Morgan attacks one of her handlers, a corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) visits the remote, top-secret facility where she's kept to assess the risks of keeping her alive. When the girl breaks free and starts running amok, the staff members find themselves in a dangerous lockdown with an unpredictable and violent synthetic human.
Why It Sucks
- Poor acting
- Poor special effects
- Horrible soundtrack
- This is basically a science fiction version of The Room.
- Awful script.
Morgan has received mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 39%, based on 119 reviews, with a weighted average score of 5.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Morgan neglects to develop its decent premise, opting instead to settle for a garden-variety sci-fi thriller with more action than ideas." On Metacritic, the film has a normalized score of 48 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.
Keith Phillips of Uproxx praised the film's setup but criticized its execution, writing, "It floats a few interesting ideas it can’t develop and it doesn’t know how to ratchet up the tension or fold those ideas into thrills. And it’s not like that can’t be done with this premise, as Ex Machina already demonstrated." Film critic Steve Pulaski gave the film two out of four stars, concluding, "Morgan is another film where a great deal of good actors play allegedly intelligent individuals that engage in many illogical acts of deviance; again, I must stress, more in the way the characters in The Lazarus Effect operated in contrast to those in Ex Machina."
David Palmer of The Reel Deal gave the film 3/10, saying "Morgan isn’t interesting or engaging and is actually quite boring ... The entire time I sat in my reclining chair the only thought that continued to race through my head was 'ugh…this is really making me want to watch Ex Machina again…'" Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film one out of four stars, calling the film one of the worst of 2016 and saying: "The only thing worse than the first three-quarters of Morgan is the supposed payoff, which veers from the dumb to the really dumb to the so-dumb-you’ll-hardly-believe it".