Morgan bombed at the domestic Box Office, earning only $4 million.
Given that this was the first film by Luke Scott, son of all-time great filmmaker Ridley Scott, I was hoping that it would fare better, because having another Scott in the director's chair is a good thing: Dad's in his 80's, and his uncle Tony, who was also a hell of a director, died a few years back, so I'm all for that bloodline continuing to make movies that put butts in seats.
I'm honestly not sure why Morgan failed to garner much of an audience in theaters, but I do know that Luke Scott knows how to make a slick Action/Sci-Fi flick, and this won't be the last we hear from him.
Morgan, an artificially created life form, attacks a scientist, the company sends risk-assessment specialist Lee Weathers in to check things out. Lee is icy and all about business, so she's up to the task of deciding whether or not Morgan, who she sees as property as opposed to living being, needs to be put down or not.
|THEY'RE AT EXTREME OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE EMOTION SCALE. |
|THEY SHOULD HAVE LISTENED.|
|ESPECIALLY THIS DEER.|
The way that Morgan played brought to mind movies like Ex-Machina, Splice, and even Hanna. It's all about the science of AI, the morality involved in creating it, and the inherent danger people face while trying to play God. Morality play aside, the movie has its creepy moments, but it was far more brutal and bleak than I expected it to be.
For the most part, Morgan is one of those movies where you're just waiting for shit to pop off and get crazy, which it does, and in some unexpected ways. The fights between Morgan and Lee were the highlights of the movie for me, as I wasn't expecting anything that kinetic and brutal to be found in a flick like this. Then again, the whole third act was pretty brutal. The scene with Paul Giamatti was entertaining as hell too.
The cast in this one is great all around. Aside from Paul Giamatti's crazy cameo, it was Rose Leslie that turned in the best work here, as the girl can show emotion and make it believable. She plucked our heartstrings in this one.
Kate Mara though, as much as we love her, felt off here. Her performance way too devoid of emotion, and even though it was for good reason, it didn't really make us root for her. It also telegraphed a pretty big plot point early on, which was a bit of a bummer. She also looked like a boy with that short hair, which kinda creeped us out.
|HEH. THIS GUY.|
|NICE GOING, KATE!|
|SHAME, I SAY!|
|YEAH, SHOW US YOUR SUPPLIES!|
|THAT SHIT WAS CRAZY.|
Morgan is available now on VOD, and will hit Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 13th.
Kate, Anya, and Rose.