If there’s one thing science fiction has taught me over the years, it’s that corporations performing secret research in remote locations with the goal of creating new life never works out well for anyone… oh, hi Nick. And that’s exactly what’s happening again in the first trailer for Morgan, a new sci-fi thriller from director Luke Scott (son of the infamous Ridley Scott) starring Kate Mara.
The official plot synopsis is as follows:
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.
It’s hard not to notice just how similar this is in concept and execution to one of last year’s best movies – Ex Machina (our review is here); and Morgan, much like Ex Machina, will rely heavily on its cast for all the heavy lifting – thankfully it has a particularly good one which, in addition to Kate Mara, includes the likes of Paul Giamatti and Toby Jones.
While I enjoy more action-orientated science fiction, I also enjoy it when the genre explores just what it means to be human through both humans themselves and humanity’s creations.
Which is something Scott said when speaking about the movie to Entertainment Weekly:
What Morgan really alludes to is human beings becoming, in a sense, the creator. Not in a traditional religious sense, but an idea that we have the capabilities to become our own creator. And what I suspect could happen — we’ve seen it in all these movies, whether it’s Frankenstein or Metropolis — it’s the creation of a being that is greater than the creator. That is fascinating to me, and it definitely feels like a next stage of evolution in the real world.
And not an evolutionary dead end like… oh, hi again Nick. So, what do you think?
Morgan is due for release in the US on 2 September. It stars Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rose Leslie, Paul Giamatti, Boyd Holbrook and Toby Jones.
Last Updated: May 26, 2016