M3GAN is a new horror/sci-fi movie hitting theaters
this weekend. M3GAN, pronounced “Megan”, is an amazing robotic doll with
cutting-edge artificial intelligence. Her purpose is to be a child’s best friend
and assist in the child’s physical and emotional needs. Cady is an 8-year-old
girl whose parents are killed in a car accident which causes her to go and live
with her aunt Gemma, who is also M3GAN’s creator. Gemma decides that M3GAN
would help distract Cady from the loss of her parents and be a great test run
from this new doll. Things do not unfold as she had expected.
What follows is The Good, The Bad, and The
Spoilers of M3GAN.
M3GAN takes the “killer toy” aspects of different
horror movies like Child’s Play (1988) and presents it in a way that is
believable. The opening scene of the movie is shot like a commercial
advertising a new toy but instead uses artificial intelligence to entertain
kids. These little pets are adorable and very similar to something you might
see a kid playing with in real life. Gemma, who created this furry little pet
robot, uses this a springboard to begin the creation of M3GAN. In a society where technology is always
increasing, audiences can understand how a real M3GAN doll may not be too far
ahead of the current children’s toys on the market.
The M3GAN doll is unsettling, just as it is intended to be.
Even in scenes in broad daylight, M3GAN looks creepy throughout the entire
film. When that is coupled with her auto-tuned voice and masked facial
expressions it leaves you uncomfortable, if not scared.
Horror and Sci-fi are 2 genres of movies that I truly enjoy,
but M3GAN completely misses the “Horror” mark. While suspenseful, there
was never a time that audiences would get chills while waiting for something to
happen. In fact, M3GAN made the audience laugh more than anything else.
I felt we spent the entirety of the movie waiting for something moderately
scary to happen, and when something did, I was left wanting more. The last 15
minutes of the film was the most suspenseful, horror-like, part of the entire
My Overall Opinion
After some time to reflect on the movie, I give M3GAN
a 4 out of 10.
M3GAN just misses the mark in my opinion. While the doll is
indeed creepy to look at, the movie just felt incredibly predictable and not
scary. Had some more doll killing happened throughout the film, I would have
enjoyed it more. If you want to see a suspenseful comedy, then this is a movie
for you, otherwise I would suggest waiting for this one to hit a streaming