M3GAN (2022) – My rating: 8.5/10

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M3GAN is a science fiction horror film directed by Gerard Johnstone, and written by Akela Cooper from a story by Cooper and James Wan (who also produced the film with Jason Blum). The plot follows an eponymous artificially intelligent (AI) doll who develops self-awareness and becomes hostile toward anyone who comes between herself and her human companion. I was anxious to see M3gan because I have an interest in AIs. The film was well done and I have a significant opinion regarding the danger of AIs.

A 9-year-old girl by the name of Cady (Violet McGraw) and her parents are involved in a car accident that leaves Cady an orphan. She is sent to live with her aunt Gemma (Allison Williams), a roboticist at the high-tech Seattle toy company called Funki. Gemma is covertly using the company’s resources to develop M3GAN (Model 3 Generative Android); a life-sized humanoid robot doll powered by artificial intelligence, designed to be the ultimate companion to any child it is paired with. However, M3gan can only be paired with one child.  After a faulty test occurs with M3GAN (Amie Donald/Jenna Davis as M3gan’s voice) in their lab, Gemma’s boss David (Ronny Chieng) discovers the project and orders her to discontinue work

From the onset of AI, I had been curious about how far the concept could be taken.  There have been other movies on this subject but I believe M3gan really wins the prize in terms of AI gone wrong. Imagine what could happen when you program all the available data into a walking, talking, computer. It would sort of be Google on steroids.  Because this “doll” is paired to a human and is able to learn from its mistakes, and constantly take in new information, you will have created a robot that is smarter than you with the ability to gather info from other AIs, as well as cross-reference all existing data to add to what it already has.  I think the idea of an AI that is strong and powerful is a big problem.  I think Man is just asking for trouble.  M3gan showed us just how this can happen, I don’t think this is a fantasy, I can see this being a real scenario for the future.  Man thinks they are capable of creating a clone of a human but it’s not a clone of a human because a human is not as smart as a computer with unlimited data. When you add strength, legs, a face, arms, and a voice to a computer, what could possibly happen, the sky is the limit. M3gan is entertaining and interesting yet scary and horrifying.  The special effects are truly convincing and amazing.  Note: to anyone who watches The Good Doctor, M3gan looks exactly like the actress Fiona Gublemann who plays Dr. Morgan Reznick.

As of January 31, 2023, M3GAN has grossed $83.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $66.7 million in other territories, for a worldwide gross of $149.8 million.  On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 94% based on 285 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Unapologetically silly and all the more entertaining for it, M3GAN is the rare horror-comedy that delivers chuckles as effortlessly as chills.”   A sequel, titled M3GAN 2.0, is scheduled to be released on January 17, 2025, with Williams and McGraw reprising their roles and Cooper returning to write the script. I recommend that everyone should see M3gan, which is playing in theaters — Check It Out!




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