Movie Review: MORGAN
Star Review (out of 5): **
MORGAN is a science fiction action thriller about a dangerous superhuman girl and her impact on a scientist group that raised her. This movie is directed by the son of Ridley Scott, and stars Kate Mara as the troubleshooter who comes to investigate Morgan.
For its first half, Morgan is a compelling suspense film that involves the viewer psychologically. It toys with your perception a bit. Anya Taylor-Joy’s performance as Morgan is somewhat disturbing, but also has depth. She’s a super villain, and a confused girl. Can’t have it all… Most of the performances are good, but there’s a big negative in most of them. We’ll get to that in a sec. This movie has nice quality, camera-wise. It boasts a cool throwback style to the older psychological thriller sci-fi movies. This was directed by Ridley Scott’s son, after all.
So the performances were good, but the characters weren’t. Most of them were incredibly one dimensional. It’s like the actors just decided to go along with the underwhelming script, instead of adding to their roles. Many people are saying the first half was ultimately boring because of this. I didn’t find it as boring because I was intrigued with the movie’s setup. I did get bored, but tried to stay engaged, hoping something cool would happen. Sadly, nothing cool happened. Morgan’s second half is more of an action thriller and less of a psychological suspense movie. I lost my fascination & was disappointed with the sudden decision to completely shift the narrative’s focus.
There’s a great interrogation scene between Morgan and a shrink (played by Paul Giamatti). It builds perfectly in suspense.
The final fight. These people don’t know how to edit, shoot or write a good action scene.
Morgan doesn’t deliver the fast paced sci-fi suspense movie you saw in the trailer, due to boring characters. This film doesn’t know what it wants to be, and suffers because of it.
REVIEW BY SAM SILBER