Movie Review: MORGAN Blu-ray Combo Pack

MORGAN was directed by Luke Scott from a screenplay by Seth Owen and stars Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti. Morgan was produced by Ridley Scott, p.g.a.; Michael Schaefer, p.g.a.; Mark Huffam, p.g.a.

Potential Spoilers Ahead! The movie follows Lee Weathers (Kate Mara), a corporate troubleshooter who is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger. There she meets Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy), the bioengineered child that is the source of controversy. Everyone who works at the facility loves the child and tries to convince Weathers that it was nothing more than an accident, but the young investigator can’t be influenced. She’s there on a mission. It doesn’t take long for another incident to happen and this sets up a much bigger problem for everyone at the facility, including Weathers. Let’s just say things get deadly real fast. This ultimately reveals Morgan’s true nature as well as Weather’s true identity in a survivalistic showdown between the two females.

Okay, I liked the concept for the movie and thought that Luke Scott did a good job telling the story. The suspense builds as the viewer slowly learns more about Morgan as the movie plays out. This bioengineered girl is labeled as an “it” by those afraid of it, but she quickly reveals that she’s so much more. It’s kind of an evolution/abomination thing going on here that’s mixed with modern day science and technology. There’s definitely an element of horror that comes with this sci-fi thriller. The movie includes some violence that features some well choreographed fight scenes. There’s also some blood and gore to go along with it all.

All of the cast did a really good job with their characters with the standouts being Kate Mara’s corporate troubleshooter who also has some mystery to her. I’m a big fan of Paul Giamatti and even though he’s in the movie for just one scene, he definitely stirs up some trouble. Anya Taylor-Joy also did a really good job with her character that’s the main focus of the story. There’s this innocence to her but she also sets off this terrifying vibe. It’s like sticking your hand out to a big dog that’s staring you down because you don’t know if he’s going to lick it or take a bite. This is Morgan, she’s a mysterious creature and you don’t know which side your going to get, the innocent side or the aggressive side.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Morgan ended up being a pretty cool sci-fi thriller with an original story and unique concept. This movie deals with the whole top secret experiments that we’ve all heard about, either in urban legends or mythology. Experiments that shouldn’t be going on! But what if this kind of stuff really is happening? Morgan is nothing more than this impressive test tube product that ends up having one big flaw and that’s her killer instinct. The movie shows both sides of her, the sweet innocent side and the animalistic aggressive side that ultimately takes over once she feels threatened. It’s kind of like when a wild animal gets threatened, it’s survival instincts take over and that’s exactly what happens with Morgan. Of course, there’s a nice twist thrown in as the movie plays out and Luke Scott did a really good job keeping the viewer in suspense as it all unfolds. This Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack releases on December 13th and is worth a watch.

Distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / French and Spanish DD 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include a featurette, several deleted scenes, audio commentary, a short film, stills, trailers and a digital copy. You can see the full list below.

  • Modified Organism: The Science Behind Morgan (19:40)
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary (06:03)
  • Audio Commentary by Luke Scott
  • Loom – Luke Scott Short Film with Optional Audio Commentary (20:27)
  • Still Gallery (03:38)
  • Trailers (04:07)
  • Digital HD Copy
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