Flash Movie Review: Morgan

We were sitting around and talking after dinner. I was expressing my exasperation over building a cabinet from a kit I had bought on the internet. My intentions were to store some of my movie DVDs (no surprise, right?) in it but presently the pieces were scattered on the floor in the living room. The directions had no written text; it only had drawings and icons to follow. I tried but the instructions were not making sense to me. At one point I realized I was building one of the glass enclosed wooden doors backwards, so I unscrewed things and left them on the floor. This led me to explain to my friends why I prefer baking over building. Following a recipe makes me feel calm because it is exact. You have your favorite ingredients such as chocolate, cinnamon or peanut butter and you measure out everything like a chemist until you wind up with this beautiful batter that you put in a hot oven to bake. During the baking process I never taste anything; I feel what company or person would want you to make something that tastes bad. If you follow everything exact it will turn out good is my belief. A friend chimed in it was for that exact reason why they did not like to bake. They said with cooking, if something doesn’t taste good or come out exactly right, you can still add something to fix it. With baking they were stuck once the finished item had baked. The two of us went back and forth on the pluses and minuses of cooking as opposed to baking. The conclusion we both agreed on was there are some ideas that sound absolutely great on paper, but when you make the recipe it just doesn’t turn out as good as it sounded. You could say the same thing about this science fiction mystery.   ARTIFICIALLY created humanoid Morgan, played by Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Viking Quest-TV movie), was only 5 years old; but she was already causing problems for the corporation. With a cast that included Kate Mara (The Martian, Fantastic Four) as Lee Weather, Rose Leslie (The Last Witch Hunter, Game of Thrones-TV) as Dr. Amy Menser, Toby Jones (Anthropoid, Captain America franchise) as Dr. Simon Ziegler and Paul Giamatti (San Andreas, The Ides of March) as Dr. Alan Shapiro; one would think this horror film had a capable cast to carry the story. Au contraire, the script was simply awful. I am not one to think ahead in a movie but within a very short time I already had guessed the surprise. Secondly, what is up with Paul Giamatti? Doesn’t he get tired of doing a film where he plays the same loud, yelling professional person over and over? I was bored through most of this picture. The idea was interesting and some of the fight scenes were well choreographed; but this was not enough for me. The execution process was dull; I am referring to the directing, the acting and the beyond predictable script. This may have been a good idea but there is nothing that could have fixed this stinker. There were scenes with blood and violence in them.

 

1 ½ stars

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 7, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. And I am not a baker for the exact opposite reason you like to bake! I know what ingredients go together well and don’t need exact measurements for the most part, and if I don’t have an ingredient I can sub it and even change the amounts I prefer. Baking is too exact, and dang that flour seems to get everywhere, even when you try to be careful with it. Thank you for the movie review, I will certainly steer clear of this one.

  2. Thanks for the warning! Giamatti needs a new agent. He’s a top notch actor squandering himself in projects that don’t suit him.

    I’m a very good cook but I cook instinctively. For me a recipe is a source of inspiration rather than something to be cooked exactly. I never measure things, just eyeball them. This past couple of years though I’ve been trying to get better at baking so I’m definitely learning the importance of following a recipe there. I’d never drawn the parallel but your observation makes me realize it might be the same resistance to rigid instructions that leads me to feel harassed every time I build furniture.

    • As I said to someone else’s comments, I so admire your cooking skills because what you described is so far removed from my reality. I am glad a new observation got stirred up from the review. Thanks for the comments.

  3. Eheh I thought this movie wasn’t great, but I wanted to see it. If I’m seeing it I’ll tell you my feelings about it! 😉

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