MOR­GAN

Empire (UK) - - ON SCREEN - hoh

OUT now / CERT 15 / 92 mins Direc­tor luke Scott Cast Kate Mara, Anya Tay­lor-joy, Toby Jones, Rose leslie, Paul Gia­matti

LEE WEATH­ERS (MARA), a risk man­age­ment con­sul­tant, is sent to in­ves­ti­gate a new syn­thetic life form, Mor­gan (Tay­lor-joy), af­ter a vi­o­lent in­ci­dent at the re­search fa­cil­ity where she lives. Un­for­tu­nately, the story never finds a fo­cus, shift­ing from Mor­gan to lee to the re­search team and back, sketch­ing an in­ter­est­ing group of char­ac­ters be­fore ig­nor­ing most of them com­pletely. Debu­tant direc­tor luke Scott, son of Ri­d­ley, ini­tially sug­gests a Blade Run­ner-es­que de­bate: who’s the more in­hu­man, the kil­ler ro­bot or the ruth­less hu­man sent to stop them? But the story he tells turns out far less suc­cess­fully. It’s beau­ti­fully shot and the per­for­mances are fine as far as they go, but it can’t con­ceal the lack of a solid core.

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