M3GAN is a sci-fi horror film from 2022, directed by Gerard Johnstone and written by Akela Cooper. James Wan and Jason Blum also produced the film. Starring Allison Williams and Violet McGraw, the movie tells the story of an AI doll named M3GAN, who gains self-awareness and turns on anyone who threatens her bond with her human companion. Amie Donald performs the physical role of M3GAN, while Jenna Davis provides the voice.
At first glance, M3GAN appears to be merely an update on the classic doll horror flick, Chucky. But believe us, it is so much more. One main difference – whereas there was a supernatural element to Chucky and less likely to ever happen in real life, M3GAN has its basis in science and like all good scifi, may serve as a cautionary tale for human beings in the future.
The premise — When Gemma (Williams) suddenly becomes the caretaker of her orphaned 8-year-old niece, Cady (McGraw), Gemma’s unsure and unprepared to be a parent. Under intense pressure at work, Gemma decides to pair her M3GAN prototype with Cady in an attempt to resolve both problems-a decision that will have unimaginable consequences. (https://www.m3ganmovie.com)
For at least two-thirds of the movie, M3GAN is engaging and entirely plausible. Kudos to Amie Donald and Jenna Davis for bring the AI doll to life on screen! The effect is mesmerising. However, there seems to be a disconnect from the third act, as it appears that crucial scenes are missing and certain character behaviours become inexplicable. Not a major problem but noticeable nonetheless.
Top marks also to young Violet McGraw for her sympathetic performance – her chemistry with the AI doll is key to the success of the movie. Great support from Ronnie Chieng as well as Gemma’s pushy boss! A fun ride all round and even the stereotypical denouement has genuine twists and turns to keep things interesting. Cannot wait for the sequel! Highly recommended.
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