With Morgan, Artificial Intelligence Isn’t That Smart

Rating C Location Wide release Dates Opens Sept. 2 Is the title character a person or a thing? That’s a pertinent question that’s left open for interpretation in Morgan, the latest science-fiction thriller about artificial intelligence run amok. Despite some stylish flourishes from rookie director Luke Scott, however, this cautionary tale remains as cold and detached as Morgan herself (or itself, whichever you prefer). The confusion stems from the fact that Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) is an artificially created humanoid — or a “synthetic life form,” as one of her doctors puts it — who lives in a remote top-secret research lab with the scientists who created her. But her behavior can be quite unpredictable, such as an unprovoked attack on a doctor (Jennifer Jason Leigh) during a routine interaction. That…


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