Viewed – 07 February 2017 online rental
A corporate risk management consultant (Kate Mara) is called to a secluded research facility after a top secret test subject attacks a doctor, leaving her blinded in one eye. Said test subject turns out to be an artificially engineered young girl. Was her actions a one-off or is she dangerous?
Immediately this brought back memories of movies like Ex Machina and Splice and is always for me a fascinating subject. Mara plays the stiff collared consultant called in and she’s one of those actress’s I’ve become increasingly aware of, following memorable turns in House of Cards and Gone Girl. Although I’ve seen her as a much more feisty presence … she handled herself well enough here even if her particular casting didn’t seem all that suited. However the fairly new to the scene Anya Taylor-Joy (who I recognised from The Witch) impressed much more and delivered a nuanced and layered turn as Morgan, keeping this viewer guessing on how things might turn out. The concept although familiar was fairly well delivered and support cast was adequate, bar a scene stealing Paul Giammati (who come on, is always a scene stealer).
As an observation on artificial life forms and with a smattering of action (with some rather impressive fight choreography) and a bit of horror, this made for enjoyable, if lightweight entertainment. It certainly hasn’t as much to say on the subject as similar movies… but still managed to surprise, especially with that ending.
Verdict: 3 /5