If you are looking for a movie that looks at the questions that inevitably surround artificial intelligence and the definition and value of humanity… this isn’t it. Go watch Ex Machina or even Automata for a more recent treatment of such things. Or, if you’re looking for something lighter, Her. Morgan is more akin to Soldier… and Soldier is a much better film.

Kate Mara (The Martian) actually is rather good in her role. A little too good in some ways, which is part of the problem. But, with the exception of Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) in the title role, the rest of the cast just weren’t very good. Their lack was really due to Scott’s directing and Owen’s script, which are predictable and rife with weak logic. An actor can only overcome so much, though they all tried.

Rose Leslie (The Last Witch Hunter) had plenty of range, but just wasn’t credible. Paul Giamatti (Ratchet & Clank) was utterly absurd, Michelle Yeoh (True Legend (Su Qi-Er)) and Toby Jones (Witness for the Prosecution) were solid but without much to do, and Jennifer Jason Leigh (Anomalisa) just seemed damaged and out of place. Yeah, I know, quite the cast and that wasn’t even all the names you’d know. Just goes to show that ingredients alone aren’t enough to make a great stew.

In case it isn’t obvious, yes, skip this. Not even worth the 90 minutes since better options are out there. The failure is directly on the film makers and the studio; the cast tried to act the heck out of it, but to no avail.


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