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Morgan | 2016 | R | - 1.6.5

A teenager (Anya Taylor-Joy) was bioengineered in a secret commercial lab as an advanced hybrid human. When she attacks a scientist (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a risk assessor (Kate Mara) is sent to determine the cost of keeping the teenager alive. But the teen escapes to create deadly chaos for the scientists who created her. Also with Rose Leslie, Michelle Yeoh, Michael Yare, Paul Giamatti, Toby Jones and Chris Sullivan. Directed by Luke Scott. A few lines of dialogue are in Chinese with English subtitles. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man kisses a woman briefly; she rubs her lips, turns and walks away.
 A man says that another man and a woman "paired up" during their work project. A man says that he fooled around with another woman for a bit and then stopped.
 A nude infant on a towel on a table is seen in profile briefly (no genitals are visible).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A psychologist harshly goads a teenage girl until she is tearful and then crying; he shouts abusively, demanding what her reaction would be if he recommended captivity and termination for her, until she slides across the table, biting a large chunk of flesh from his throat and we see her bloody mouth and face as she spits out the flesh; the man shudders and grabs his throat (blood gushes from an artery) and we later see a close-up of his dead face, eyes open and mouth slack.
 A man pulls a teen girl on a gurney into a sitting position and she head-butts twice, stabs him in the abdomen with a large hypodermic needle of poison and blood drips from his mouth three times as he falls dead (we see blood spatter on a wall). A girl grabs a handgun from a man and shoots to a point off-screen; the camera cuts to a man backing into the frame, then facing the camera with his lower chest and abdomen covered in blood as a shot from off-screen strikes him in the skull and blood rushes out the other side as he falls to the floor, dead.
 A girl punches a woman with a bandaged eye several times, kicks her in the body and face, and stomps on her neck, killing her. A girl strangles and suffocates a woman who struggles and then goes limp (we hear neck bones crunching). A girl shoots a woman between the eyes and we see some blood as she falls. A girl beats a woman below the frame and we hear metal clanging and crunching. A large doe lies by a tree in dark woods with the broken shaft of an arrow and a little dried blood in its side; a girl pets the animal and then breaks its neck with crunching sounds (two flashbacks show the animal's dead head in close-up, eyes open and tongue hanging out). A woman shoots another woman and the camera cuts to a long shot to show the victim falling into a lake, presumably dead; the shooter (her blouse soaked in blood) walks through the woods to a car where she shoots a man in the forehead (we see a little blood as he falls backward and hits the ground).
 A woman points a handgun at a girl and another woman behind the girl hits her with a rifle butt several times, knocking her into a lake and then holds the girl under water until splashing stops (we see the girl's face, bluish and with eyes wide open); we later see the body floating on top of the water, face up, only partially submerged.
 A woman walks through the woods with a rifle and fires it into the air; a girl hears the shot, approaches the sound, and circles around the woman, jumping at her and they roll down a hillside and fistfight and they fight using kicks, punches, throws and chokeholds until the woman is thrown onto a fallen log, where a short branch penetrates her back and sticks through the stomach to almost a foot in length (blood covers the woman's chest).
 We see a video of a needle injecting DNA into a human egg, then the egg dividing into a strange looking blob with branches; the video shows a bloody fetus that is dead in a mound of bloody material, followed by scientists cutting off its arms (no blood).
 A man hangs from a belt or cord attached to a tall bookshelf with his eyes open in death. A large splotch of blood is seen on gravel as a man rubs it out with the bottom of his shoe. Three body bags lie together and one bag is loaded into a car. We see a background in which two men carry a male body away on a stretcher.
 Grainy footage from an overhead surveillance camera in a bunker shows a figure swipe food off a table, jump across the table, and punch a woman hard in the eye five times and a flashback repeats the footage, including an appearance of a man firing a tranquilizer gun and the figure falling to the floor.
 A teen girl awakens strapped to a gurney by wide straps and wrist locks (her face is bluish and her lips are blue) as a woman removes a vial marked for hazardous materials and poisons, and then fills a hypodermic syringe and we see a large-bore needle enter the girl's arm as she screams and shouts, "I don't want to die!" (there is no blood seen from the injection) and the injector says, "Make it fast" and leaves.
 A man fires a sedative dart at a girl and misses, she punches and kicks him until he is unconscious and she escapes; a woman picks up the dart gun and follows the girl (we see a few glass walls smeared in bloody handprints) as lights flash and alarms sound and the dart-gun woman sees the girl holding a handgun and the woman fires and hits the girl in the back, making her collapse. A woman is shot in the back with a drugged dart that makes a dull thump.
 A teen girl and a woman fistfight, using punches, kicks and throws; the woman is thrown into a wall, into a bookcase and through a breaking glass window, escaping with a few cuts on her forehead and cheeks before both fall off a ledge and land on the ground (neither is seriously hurt but the woman spits out some blood); the woman grabs a rifle and steals a car.
 A man shoots out of the rear window of a car (no one is hurt). A car drives through heavy iron gates that are locked and speeds down a road. Two cars sideswipe each other several times and one car hits a tree and stops (the occupant is not injured).
 A woman holds a handgun and her hand becomes bloody from the blood on the gun; she sits in a car, shuddering and crying and she yelps when a man tells her to get out and he backs off. A woman awakens in a bunker, locked behind a thick glass wall and a man holding a handgun walks out of the observation area as the woman shouts and throws a folding chair at the glass without effect, and then pounds on it with another folding chair, to no avail. A woman climbs up a chimney-like space to a glass skylight, which she kicks and shatters loudly with both feet to escape.
 A woman lies in bed under covers with her eye covered by a large bandage that is very bloody; scrapes are visible on her forehead and cheek and she mumbles, saying drugs make her "not herself" (please see the Substance Use category for more details).
 A girl says that she stabbed a woman in the eye with a knife. We hear that a girl was bioengineered and that she walked and talked at 30 days old; she looks 14 at age 5 and we hear and see that she is kept behind a thick glass wall in a concrete bunker underground with a single skylight high above her head. We hear a woman screaming off-screen and a male attendant picks up a large hypodermic syringe of poison and says, "I'm not gonna do it" and leaves. A woman says that a human hybrid is an "it" without rights, not a person. Scientists argue with a woman, and one another, a few times about whether to terminate a hybrid. A scientist states that a human hybrid project in Helsinki began with 30 staff members, but was reduced to 9 members in an hour by a rogue hybrid (who presumably killed them).
 A commercial lab is housed in a large, rundown gothic house behind a strong fence and iron gates topped in razor wire. We see a high-power rifle leaning in the corner of a house kitchen. A close-up shows a woman loading a handgun with large bullets and sticking the gun in her waistband. A man is shown loading a rifle, spilling bullets on a floor.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 4 F-words, 1 scatological term, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (assassin, microwave, weird), 4 religious profanities (GD), 3 religious exclamations (Oh Jesus, Good Lord, Jesus Christ).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Two bottles of unknown medications are seen on a woman's bedside table, a woman says that a patient is heavily medicated, two men and two women in a store room cram medical supplies and injection liquids into large duffel bags, and we see a few hypodermic syringes filled with poisons in a lab (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). Two bottles of wine and six glasses of wine are seen on a dinner table, a man refills a glass of wine and another man and a woman drink some wine, a man and a woman each drink from glasses of whiskey, a man holds a whiskey bottle and later drinks from it, and a woman tells a man to go to his room and have a drink.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dangers of bioengineering, emotions, violence, social skills, captivity, punishment, fear, danger, bullying, murder, death, loss, grief, survival, trust, problem solving, making decisions.

MESSAGE - Creating designer babies is dangerous.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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