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.