Movie Review: M3GAN (2022)

Synopsis: When her sister is killed in a car accident a robotics expert, Gemma, takes custody of her niece, Cady. Gemma is unprepared to be a guardian but makes a connection with her niece when she invents a life-like doll with artificial intelligence. However, M3GAN takes her instructions to protect Cady a little too literally.

Who's in it? The movie stars Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Ronny Chieng, Amie Donald and Jenna Davis.

Review: When I first heard about this movie, my first thought was "oh look, another movie about a killer doll." However, the trailers made it seem somewhat intriguing so, when it became available on Peacock, I decided to give it a try.

As it turns out, it isn't just another movie about a killer doll.

I think the thing I found both intriguing and unexpected about this film is there really isn't a character I would consider the bad guy. Sure, M3GAN (Donald and Davis) does some bad things, but only because she truly cares about Cady (McGraw) and thinks she is protecting her. And none of the other characters really did anything I would consider evil (other than maybe a couple secondary characters who were just there to be killed).

If anything, the movie seemed a bit less like a horror movie and more like a bit of a reality check of what can happen if we become too reliant on technology. This included the more horror-like events, similar to what you might see in movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey or I, Robot but also some less discussed themes, such as using technology to distract a child from her emotional reaction to her parents' death rather than helping her cope with them. Honestly, the latter was surprisingly insightful.

I also have to admit, that final battle scene featuring M3GAN, Gemma (Williams), Cady and another robot had me on the edge of my seat, though I am admittedly still a little confused about why a glass of water did so much damage to a creation that was supposed to be extra durable. That, along with the way the movie sets up a potential sequel, was a great way to cap off what was a surprisingly fun film.

Final Opinion: Even if you've seen every other movie about a killer doll, this is a film that is still taking the time to watch at least once.

My Grade: A


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