THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

MORGAN (2016)

Just took in #177, Morgan (2016), about an artificially created being (Anya Taylor-Joy), who was "born" in an isolated retreat deep in the woods by a team of doctors who grow to care for it. Those feelings makes things complicated when Morgan suddenly commits a violent act against one of them (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and the nameless corporation sends in risk-management expert Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) to help decide whether or not the experiment should be terminated. The earl...y similarities to Blade Runner have to be intentional (Luke Scott, son of Blade Runner director Ridley Scott, directed this), from the music to the suspicions that Lee is not exactly what she seems. There's a big suspension of disbelief necessary here when psychiatrist Dr. Shapiro (Paul Giamatti in a brief part) arrives for Morgan's psychiatric evaluation and attempts to push "her" to the brink to see if things will go awry again. Giamatti is a bit over the top here and it's obvious to everyone watching where this is going. Morgan quickly changes direction into horror, all the more effective after the deliberate pacing leading up to the evaluation. This isn't exactly Ex Machina, a much better film tackling the AI question, but it's watchable if a bit predictable. BTW, Toby Jones is outstanding as one of the doctors who is quite concerned by this corporate interloper and what may happen next.

TLA one-word review: ruthless