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Morgan (2016)

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A corporate risk-management consultant must decide whether or not to terminate an artificially created humanoid being.

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Luke Scott

Writer:

Seth W. Owen (as Seth Owen)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mara ... Lee Weathers
Anya Taylor-Joy ... Morgan
Rose Leslie ... Dr. Amy Menser
Michael Yare ... Ted Brenner
Toby Jones ... Dr. Simon Ziegler
Chris Sullivan ... Dr. Darren Finch
Boyd Holbrook ... Skip Vronsky
Vinette Robinson ... Dr. Brenda Finch
Michelle Yeoh ... Dr. Lui Cheng
Brian Cox ... Jim Bryce
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Dr. Kathy Grieff
Paul Giamatti ... Dr. Alan Shapiro
Crispian Belfrage ... Charles Grimes
Amybeth McNulty ... Morgan Age 10
Jonathan Aris ... David Chance
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Storyline

Lee Weathers is a "risk-management specialist" for genetic-engineering company SynSect. She arrives at a rural site hosting its L-9 project, an artificial being with nanotechnology-infused synthetic DNA named Morgan. The "hybrid biological organism with the capacity for autonomous decision making and sophisticated emotional responses" is smarter than humans and matures quickly, walking and talking within a month and physically a teenager despite being five years old..

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Don't let it out


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Rated R for brutal violence, and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

2 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Morgan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$504,908, 9 September 2016

Gross USA:

$3,912,052

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,315,248
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michelle Yeoh makes her second big-screen appearance since Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011). Producer Ridley Scott originally wanted her for the role of Meredith Vickers in his film Prometheus (2015). See more »

Goofs

Just a few minutes after being in the lake, Lee's clothes are dry. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Kathy Grieff: [enters the holding cell] Hi, darling. It's me. I thought we'd have lunch together today. Oh, angel, you look sad. You know, it's a very, very natural thing. It's actually a very human thing to feel sad. But emotions aren't bad.
Dr. Kathy Grieff: I'm sorry, baby. I'm still trying to get them to change their mind and let you out for a little bit.
Dr. Kathy Grieff: [Morgan suddenly lunges at her and begins stabbing her] No! Get off! No! Oh, god!
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Sea of Trees/Morgan (2016) See more »

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Very Cruel
Written by Channy Leaneagh (as Channy Moon Leaneagh) and Ryan Olson
Performed by Poliça
Courtesy of Mom + Pop Records
By arrangement with Zync Music Group LLC
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Not quite the horror I was expecting but still good
6 September 2016 | by SpoilerAlertReviewsSee all my reviews

Luke Scott, Son of Ridley Scott, give us his feature debut, a sci-fi thriller that has similar elements to Ex Machina, Splice and even Blade Runner. The story is central to genetically created Morgan who is only five years old but displays immense intelligence and emotions beyond teenagers, which comes with violence.

Morgan, superbly played by Anya Taylor-Joy is housed in a confined facility in the middle of nowhere where she's raised by a group of scientists responsible for differences areas of her development like Behavioural Analyst, Amy played by GoT's Rose Leslie and an unrecognisable Boyd Holbrook who's the nutritionist or chef. I couldn't place his face at first but remembered him from Run All Night after looking him up. The team also includes Michelle Yeoh, Toby Jones, Michael Yare, Chris Sullivan, Vinette Robinson and Jennifer Jason Leigh, who all give convincing performances even if only brief.

Something goes wrong and Lee Weathers, played by Kate Mara, a corporate risk assessment manager is sent to do more than just investigate. Taking telephones orders from a Brian Cox who seems to have similar authority as his character in the Bourne saga. There's an eerie sense of conflict amongst everyone and there's even a hint of jealously from Mara's character.

Things go from bad to worse when Paul Giamatti comes to evaluate Morgan's behaviour and the film steps up a gear. Not that it's slow, it's paced very well, introducing each of the characters and then snowballing to the finale before you figure out what's happening. However, I figured it pretty early on, being suspicious of certain characters. If there was meant to be clever twist, it didn't work for me though still a good story and reminded me of Bourne.

There's a moral point here about genetics and human rights though not entirely thought provoking as the film's displays why compassion for Morgan is threw out the window. The finale is great with both Mara and Morgan showing their true colours.

I might be missing something, but could there be a hint at the film Hanna, as there's mention about the Helsinki incident. But there's nothing else to indicate that this is fact. It's very similar indeed, and the end gives away a larger picture.

There's a good score from Max Richter adding to the sinister backdrop of the movie, however I wouldn't as far to say this film is a horror. Eerie, and maybe a little suspenseful perhaps but not scary. It's quite cold, emotionless in parts, but that's possibly deliberate. It's a worthy watch and a great job by Luke Scott but it's not unfamiliar territory and nothing entirely original.

Running Time: 8 The Cast: 8 Performance: 8 Direction: 7 Story: 6 Script: 6 Creativity: 7 Soundtrack: 7 Job Description: 7 The Extra Bonus Points: 5 for being on point for a feature debut. Looking forward to seeing more from Luke.

69% 7/10


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