Morgan is a cinematic dish which is best served cold. With all of my prior knowledge of the Ridley Scott-produced sci-fi being limited to posters, my viewing experience was only heightened as I watched its story, and mystery, unravel with not the faintest idea as to where it would go next. This is absolutely the best way to see this film (or any film for that matter, I suppose) because, as a result of my ignorance, it ended up being one of the most fun times I’ve had at the cinema in a long time.
It’s with this recommendation in mind that I’ll spare you the nitty-gritty of the plot. All you really need to know is that you’ve more than likely seen Morgan before, but in another shape or form. Written by Seth W. Owen, the story involves artificial creations and touches upon the themes of humanity, morality and scientific ethics that have gone hand in hand with the genre since its birth.
It’s obvious to see why Scott would be attracted to a concept such as this. There are certainly hints of his sci-fi classic, Blade Runner, as well as last year’s Ex Machina which are embedded into the film’s DNA. And whilst this doesn’t quite reach the same levels of brilliance as either of those films, there’s still a lot of enjoyment to be found in its horror-tinged, b-movie thrills.
Luke Scott, the film’s director, manages to craft a captivating thriller that bubbles over with tension, and even manages to create some emotional investment to compliment the brutal action sequences. Said sequences are handled masterfully, packing enough of a punch to the point where you’ll want to watch it though your fingers. I was impressed by how often I found myself on the edge of my seat, especially during the finale, which is made all the more difficult to watch as you feel the impact of every kick, gunshot and snap of the neck.
It in no way reinvents the wheel, nor does it break any new ground, but what Morgan lacks in originality, it more than makes up for in its clever writing, excellent cast (Kate Mara is a badass) and knuckle-chewing tension. It may just be a replicant of other films, but that doesn’t make it any less deserving of your time. Go see it with no expectations and I guarantee you’ll be in for one of this year’s best surprises.
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