Review | M≡GAN

When a young girl’s parents are killed, her aunt takes her in and builds her a playmate.
These ideas never turn out well, do they?

Review © 2023 by Flytrap


Written by: Akela Cooper, James Wan

Directed by: Gerard Johnstone

Starring: Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Amie Donald, Jenna Davis, Jen Van Epps, Ronny Chieng
Complete cast and crew are here

Rated PG-13
Running time: 102 mins

Her aunt is a busy woman and doesn’t have time for trivial things like parenting, so she dusts off an old project, an advanced toy that is meant to be a playmate. This half sized Terminator bonds with the girl and becomes her protector, with somewhat predictable results unless none of these folks have ever seen a James Cameron movie.

There is a lot of self-aware silliness in this movie and I was in for it, along with a not-subtle morality lesson about shirking your social/family responsibilities, but that is kind of the point. The special effects are flawless and the cast is great; the robot/android/playmate is completely convincing. The music and score fit perfectly.

My only complaint is that there were some tense buildups without a real payoff; it looks like they left out some gore to get the PG-13 rating. I  wonder if there’ll be a full, R-rated version to come?

I’ll recommend this one; it’s fun and sometimes scary. Probably not for the little ones. There are no scenes after the credits start so feel free to dance on outta there and give your bladder a break.

Flytrap rating: 7.5/10

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