MORGAN Movie Review by The Commander

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BY THE COMMANDER
3 (out of 4 stars) 
 

Morgan is an intelligent thriller with solid overall performances, that deserves to be seen by movie-going audiences.  While it starts out a little, slow it picks up speed rapidly.

 

Set in the deep forest of upstate New York, a team of research scientists have been working on creating an artificial being named Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy).  When one of the scientists is attacked by Morgan, a corporate risk management consultant, Lee Weathers (Kate Mara), is brought in to determine whether or not to terminate the experiment.  The scientific team led by Dr. Simon Ziegler (Toby Jones) and Dr. Lui Cheng (Michelle Yeoh) lead a team of scientists:  Dr. Amy Menser (Rose Leslie), Dr. Darren Finch (Chris Sullivan), Dr. Brenda Finch (Vinette Robinson) and Dr. Kathy Grieff (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and try to convince Weathers why Morgan should not be terminated.  During her subsequent psychological evaluation, Dr. Alan Shapiro (Paul Giamatti) is attacked.  Morgan ends up breaking free and the chase begins.

 

This is the feature directorial debut for Luke Scott (son of Ridley Scott) who does a good job of laying out the story, building in intensity, while still holding back crucial information.  I can't give away the ending, as it would spoil the movie for you.  However, the story was actually lifted from a 1960’s episode of the Twilight Zone (which I had recently seen), so I guessed the ending early in the movie.  So if you don't want to watch all of those episodes to learn which one, see this film instead.  It's worth watching. 

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