Morgan (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
92 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Morgan Review


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

Morgan (2016) is a 1h 32-min rated R American science-fiction mystery horror film from 20th Century Fox that is produced by Ridley Scott. Director Luke Scott (Loom (2012), Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner (2007)) did an average job executing this phenomenal script by Seth W. Owen. Morgan contains brutal violence, gore, suspense, frightening scenes, sitting on the edge of your seat moments, bad language and intense scenes. Morgan was shot in Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK; Cairndhu House, Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK; Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada and Mount Seymour, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Lee Weathers ( Kate Mara - 127 Hours (2010), The Martian (2015), Shooter (2007)) is a risk-assessment specialist that works for a company that funds projects on creating artificial humans. Her company assigned her to investigate an experiment (a human hybrid) in a secluded location that went haywire and attacked a scientist. The human hybrid, Morgan ( Anya Taylor-Joy - The Witch (2015), Viking Quest (2015), Atlantis (2015)) stabs scientists, Dr. Kathy Grieff (Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight (2015), The Machinist (2004), eXistenZ (1999)) in the eye with a pen. Lee discovers that Morgan is too unpredictable and must be terminated after Dr. Alan Shapiro ( Paul Giamatti - Sideways (2004), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Illusionist (2006)) provoked Morgan resulting in Morgan to brutally killing him.

The problem is that the scientists that raised Morgan from birth are attached to her and cannot bring themselves to harm her in any way. The scientist retaliates by locking Lee in a glass cell because she tried to escape with Morgan, but Morgan kills almost all of them except for one person. She kidnaps Dr. Amy Menser ( Rose Leslie - The Last Witch Hunter (2015), Honeymoon (2014), Game of Thrones (2012-2014)) who is her favorite scientist. What will happen with Morgan on the loose? Watch the movie for all the chaos/rampant and who dies by the hands of Morgan and who survives? Will Morgan make it out alive?

Morgan had the potential of being an exceptionally powerful film, but it fell short on its storytelling where we do not feel the same emotions as the characters or care for them much toward the beginning of the film. The ending of the movie also went a little downhill - the script had enough meat, but the director did not have enough juice/experience to carry this movie out to being a fantastic watch.

I did not like that Morgan took so long to get to the point when there were so many opportunities before it was done. There was too much time spent trying to develop the characters which did not work because it wasted time that was needed for another aspect of the movie. Morgan had a fantastic storyline that was beautifully shot with beautiful camera work, and all of the actors gave us great credible performances. Morgan was a slow paced movie that was entertaining and not much of a horror movie but a Sci-Fi thriller. The storytelling was not all that great and damaged the ending quite a bit by impacting the fate of Morgan amongst other things, but I still walked away from this movie smiling because with all said, it was entertaining.

About Morgan 2016

Title: Morgan
Year: 2016
Runtime: 92 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Brian Cox, Toby Jones, Paul Giamatti, Anya Taylor-Joy, Kate Mara, Jonathan Aris, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Sullivan, Rose Leslie, Frank Cannon, Sam Spruell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bobby Marno, Boyd Holbrook, Vinette Robinson, Martin O'Sullivan, Charlotte Asprey, Conor Mullen, Michael Yare, Chrissie Harris, Luke Whoriskey, Crispian Belfrage, Amybeth McNulty
Writers: Seth W. Owen
Director: Luke Scott