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M3GAN – Movie Review

M3GAN will be in theaters on January 6th, 2023.

M3GAN is the newest Blumhouse production. It is directed by Gerard Johnstone, from a story by Akela Cooper (The Nun 2) and James Wan (The Conjuring, Aquaman). Allison Williams (Get Out) stars as brilliant robotics engineer Gemma, unhappily employed at a toy company called ‘Funki,’ where her talents as an engineer are wasted designing ugly Furby knockoffs. When her niece is in her custody following her parents’ untimely death, Gemma passes parental responsibilities off to an android named M3GAN.

The storyline follows the familiar path of an untested AI learning too much too fast and becoming hostile toward humans. M3GAN has one prime directive, to protect Cady, Gemma’s young niece, at all costs. This means eliminating any perceived threat by any means necessary. It doesn’t take long for M3GAN to start acting like a serial killer.

It’s no secret that this movie was originally to be Rated- R. It was edited with many scenes cut to be rated PG-13. This leaves the entire movie feeling somewhat truncated. The jump scares can be seen from a mile away, and there’s very little blood or gore. The most unsettling thing about M3GAN isn’t her murderous rampage. Instead, it’s how quickly a parent would jump at handing over all their duties to an android. When Gemma takes the android away from Cady, she reacts like an addict in withdrawals and lashes out violently, providing a disturbing look at what a child can become when raised by an electronic.

The film’s saving grace is in just how entertaining it is to watch the events unfold. There’s no doubt a Director’s Cut will be released sometime in the future, so horror fans have that to look forward to. But as it stands, M3GAN is an incredibly enjoyable movie with a disturbing message.

Verdict

I give M3GAN 4 out of 5 stars. Just like how last year was a good year for Horror, which started with SCREAM, 2023 is also off to a great start, thanks to this new Blumhouse film. Read more Reviews on Nerdtropolis and Subscribe to our YouTube.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Writer, native Texan, DBZ fanatic, and budding Oscars historian

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