M3GAN: Directed by Gerard Johnstone. With Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Ronny Chieng, Amie Donald. A robotics engineer at a toy company builds a life-like doll that begins to take on a life of its own.
A well done walk on the razor thin margin between goofy horror and humorous horror, a strong first outing for a new franchise that I’m 100% certain we’ll plenty of in the next 20 years. There’s a bit of hand waving when it comes to the technology here, so if you’re a singularity / ‘machines rise up” story fan, you’re going to want to just turn off the questions that I’m sure you’ll have. Questions like, how is she controlling other tech? How does she fit all those computer parts in her small frame? Is she actually on a server somewhere and the body is just a puppet? Why is that body so light at times, but able to be so strong at others? Why would they make a toy that could kill someone with it’s bare hands?
Actually that’s last one is a misdirection, because part of the moral of this story is that when people “move fast and break stuff” to be the first to market, sometimes you overlook things like parental controls or how your robot is so over engineered that it can kill on a whim. Regardless of my complaints I still had a good time with the movie and truly do look forward to future entries into the franchise.
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