Terrific cast is wasted in ho-hum artificial being film
MORGAN (Luke Scott). 92 minutes. Opens Friday (September 2). See showtimes. Rating: NN
Labour Day weekend is considered a dumping ground for unpromising films, and pointless sci-fi thriller Morgan fits right in.
The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy plays the title character, an artificially created being who, in the opening sequence, stabs a doctor (Jennifer Jason Leigh, cashing a cheque) in the eye.
Enter Lee Weathers (Kate Mara), a no-nonsense “corporate risk management consultant” who must interview Morgan and assess whether they should end her – or rather “its” – life.
Of course, all Morgan’s “friends” – including Game Of Thrones’ Rose Leslie and Hong Kong superstar Michelle Yeoh, both playing doctors in the secluded lab – are cheering for Morgan, until bad shit starts happening.
Neither the characters nor their interactions have any depth. Even Taylor-Joy is given little to do but glower under a hoodie to suggest menace.
Mara’s coolly efficient Weathers knows how to handle the situation, but even that reveals a plot point that comes as no surprise.