Monday, December 19, 2016

#JustaQuickiePlease: Morgan Review

New director, Luke Scott, brings us a science fiction thriller that is both annoyingly predictable and yet abruptly shocking at the same time.  Impossible you say, well then allow me to briefly explain. Under the predictability category, the story progression is formulaic, and most of the thrills are unfortunately muted by that said same expectance.  In a failed attempt to remedy this, Scott resorts to a blatant brutality to overcompensate for the overall lack of surprises.  However, as the film proceeds to its climax, that predictability begins to wane while the director introduces a few plot twist and turns that truly but momentarily stun.   Does that change up save this horror flick with an indie feel?  Not really, as the mundane character development and unnecessarily subtle performances, hinder this feature far more than even the dulled script.  Now, I have to honestly say,  Taylor-Joy's characterization of Morgan is both so effectively sophisticated and creepy, that it easily stands out among the rest of her ensemble.  It's a shame, her portrayal was so immersed in the quagmire of Scott's rudimentary production that, even it, can't redeem the totality of his work.  1 out of 5 Kernels: As the tagline suggests, they should have never let this out.

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