review by Bobby Blakey
There are few directors like that of the Ridley Scott and now his son is taking center stage with dad taking on producer duties for his new film Morgan. When the trailers started hitting for this movie it was intriguing but never really offered up anything that really stood out. The film features a great cast including Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Brian Cox, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti, but does it offer up more than the trailers let on or is it an experiment that should have stayed locked away?
Morgan follows a corporate risk-management consultant who must decide whether or not to terminate an artificially created humanoid being. While some may get frustrated from a trailer that never really tells you what is going on, I really like walking into movies like this with little expectations. The story is actually a lot less complicated than you might think given the subject matter and some of what the trailer depicts isn’t quite as it leads you to believe. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing as it took it in a direction I didn’t really expect despite being predictable and not all together original. Luke Scott does a good job at crafting the film and the first half of the movie is engaging and offers up a great set up to suck you in, but the second half while still entertaining takes the film in another direction. The trailers offer up a sense of a supernatural element that just isn’t here, but instead more of a straight up action thriller. With that being said there are some great fights here that are a lot of fun to watch. The cast all do a great job with Giamatti only in one scene of the film, but one of the best to watch. It’s a treat to get to see Michelle Yeoh on the bring screen once again, but sadly no action for her. Kate Mara and Anya Taylor-Joy lead the charge with both doing a good job. Taylor-Joy delivers some creepy moments visually, but overall nothing you haven’t seen before.
This isn’t near as compelling as it could have be but does manage to entertain. Luke Scott has a good eye for the visual and crafting a good story so there is no doubt that he will be offering up some great films in the future with this being a great stepping stone. The film offers up a twist ending that like me a lot of people will figure it out early on, but still works overall. This film isn’t breaking any molds in the genre, but is worth checking out and offers up some great action and performances, but just could have been so much more.
In addition to the film this release includes a variety of bonus features including "Modified Organism: The Science Behind Morgan," Deleted Scenes, Luke's short film Loom (precursor to Morgan shot on 4K 3D) and more! Grab your copy of Morgan available now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD 12/13 and Digital HD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.