Last month brought us the first look at Morgan, the upcoming thriller from director Luke Scott – whose father, Ridley Scott, has crafted some of the most acclaimed and influential science fiction films of all time, including Alien, Blade Runner and last year’s excellent return to form, The Martian. Whether or not his son can harness that same magic remains to be seen, but if Morgan lives up to the promise of its trailers, it could be a major breakthrough for the young filmmaker.
Following a corporate consultant (Kate Mara) who visits a remote research facility to investigate an incident involving a synthetic being, Morgan features The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy as the subject in question, an adolescent life form with incredible powers and a “capacity for intelligence [that] is far greater than the average human being,” according to Scott himself. It seems like Morgan is tired of being poked, prodded and manipulated by scientists and psychologists – which include Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti – and she’s begun to “misbehave.”
I was very intrigued by the first trailer for Morgan, which created a foreboding atmosphere without really showing anything, but this new footage has dampened my enthusiasm a bit by revealing what feels like far too much. At some point, Morgan escapes from her holding cell and begins stalking her caretakers to exact some measure of revenge, and while that’s not exactly a surprise, I would rather have seen the result of some of those confrontations in the theater, rather than the marketing material.
At any rate, I’m still willing to give Morgan the benefit of the doubt, and I’m hoping that Scott has a few surprises in store for audience members when the film opens on September 2.
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