As I have discussed here before, sci-fi is making a huge comeback. Much like horror and superhero movies before it, interest in sci-fi seems to be at an all time high and producing some incredible films as a result. From big films like the return of the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises and films like Interstellar, Arrival, and The Martian to smaller independent films like Ex Machina, Midnight Special and Predestination, sci fi is taking over in a big way. A new film out this week, Morgan, straddles the line between these budget levels but still produces a great sci fi tale with interesting morality questions.
Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) is a corporate risk-management consultant sent to a remote laboratory in the middle of the forest to review a research project into artificial humans. One of their test subjects, a human hybrid named Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy), has violently attacked a scientist and Lee must decide if the program is still viable. But when a turn of events has Morgan released from her containment, Lee may be the only thing standing between Morgan and the rest of the world.
Morgan is not only a cool and interesting sci fi story with a small and intimate setting but also a heavy hitter in terms of the cast it managed to secure. In addition to Mara the film also stars Paul Giamatti, Toby Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Brian Cox. That is a pretty stellar cast for an $8 million sci fi film. I am not even sure how they got that big of a cast considering the writer and director are pretty much first timers. But director Luke Scott does have some serious credentials when it comes to his DNA. He is the son of Ridley Scott, so he automatically gets a chance in my book. In addition to being a tense and engaging sci fi film Morgan is also a great character study. The characters of Lee and Morgan are both very intriguing and watching how each of them handle their situations and adapt accordingly is as interesting as the action and suspense. If you dig the smaller stories being told within the larger sci fi landscape, check out Morgan, it is a very entertaining blend of action, suspense, character and sci fi. Highly recommended.
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