Released 09/02/2016 Rated: R
Hollywood really needs to stop being misleading with its advertising. I understand that some Thrillers have just enough in them to mark them under the Horror category, but when in actuality it turns out to be almost like a side note. When you advertise a movie as something it’s not, you get viewers excited for one thing, but then they are disappointed when they don’t get what they expected out of it. Case in point: The Village, Lucy, and Hail, Caesar! All three of these movies were advertised as something they weren’t, therefore disappointing audiences one way or another. That doesn’t necessarily make them bad movies, but most audiences won’t forgive them for the “false advertising.”
Morgan unfortunately falls into this category. It looks like it’s going to be a horror film, but it doesn’t quite get there. The tagline even points in that direction: “Don’t let it out,” but they never really go into what it is. With a tagline like that, you expect them to reveal what it is about Morgan that makes her so deadly, but the movie sticks to a more simple plot. Morgan is a lab product that has warranted a visit by one of corporate’s Risk Management Consultants to evaluate and, if necessary, exterminate. The team, having become as close as a family, struggles to protect Morgan from her expected fate, but when Morgan starts killing, no one is safe. The film doesn’t get into much horror at all, which is the main reason why I believe it hasn’t gotten great reception with audiences; they wanted a horror flick. I would have loved to have had more, but what it was wasn’t half bad.
[SPOILER ALERT] To avoid, skip to final paragraph.
I would like to understand the psych evaluation scene. Paul Giamatti is an outside psychologist who has come to test Morgan after an incident. It’s his results that are going to sway Weathers’ (Kate Mara) decision on whether or not to terminate Morgan. Now, I’ve never had any sort of personal experience with something like this, but all his character did was antagonize Morgan. Unless he is simply very bad at his job, it’s possible that the company had already made up its mind to terminate Morgan. If that is the case, it begs the next question: Was Weathers in on the whole thing, or did corporate want her to think she made the decision on her own?
I love Kate Mara more with each performance I see from her. She’s just great, and I can’t wait to see where her career goes. She was amazing in this movie, and after understanding the ending, it just makes the whole thing perfect. I didn’t know anything up until the reveal, but I have read reviews where others saw it coming a mile away. The only thing that I picked up on, which was a great touch, was the fact that Weathers never ran after Morgan; she always took her time chasing after her. The only time that might happen otherwise is when the prey is boxed in and has no where to go. I just thought it was a great detail to add in there.
Give this film a shot. It’s not as bad as all the reviews say it is. Just don’t expect anything as deep as Ex Machina.