There's nothing better than a good Sci-Fi flick to make you hate corporations and question the very fabric of your societal constraints and morality programming, is there?
The story: A corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) 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.
Nobody likes it when they send in the efficiency expert.
Now, obviously "Morgan" has been created in this top-secret remote location in order to... well, essentially to raise this creation as a human child, when she's clearly anything but. A bloody accident brings in an outside investigator, who will no doubt turn everything to shit. The decision at hand: whether or not to destroy this being that has been created.
Questions about playing God (obviously because Ridley Scott is involved and his son is directing), nature vs nurture programming, ethical and moral high-ground, the rights of 'things,' atrocities committed in the name of "science and progress," and of course the Jurassic Park thing... just because you can create these things, does it mean you should?
I'm into it.
While any mention of Kate Mara usually checks me right out (no idea why), Rose Leslie and Paul Giamatti are enough to bring me back in, plus, as 'Morgan' is the breakout star of The Witch Anya Taylor-Joy.
What's in the trailer: A lot... which isn't surprising. However, as we're treated to the beginning, middle and "things fall apart" end of the film where Mara's turtlenecked corporate investigator faces off against Morgan in the woods, it's hard to remain objective. The cut scenes and snatches of dialogue are intriguing enough to hook, but hopefully they're not the best parts of the film all smashed together. Suffice to say, Morgan is a badass, and you don't want to piss her off.
|That hoodie looks really cozy.|
We've also seen this story before - Splice, Species, and most recently and brilliantly in Ex Machina. In the end, they all tell the same story, and I find myself wondering why these creations are always female... I'm sure there's some inherent subtext to all of this about controlling the unknown and having it backfire spectacularly.
Can Morgan do something different?
We'll have to wait until September 2nd to find out.