M3GAN, review: 2023 horror is off to a great start

Among the best films of 2022, horrors have largely distinguished themselves, a genre that knows no crisis: neither commercial nor creative. Even the beginning of the new year confirms the impression that the genre is in excellent health: M3GAN, one of the most anticipated films of 2023, arrives in theaters and does not disappoint.

Film produced by Jason Blum’s famous Blumhouse (small but fierce production company dedicated to the horror genre), co-written by James Wan, M3GAN is a film that is brilliant in its vision and sharp in its cynicismwhich gives the viewer some thrills and a new already cult killer doll.

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The plot of M3GAN

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M3gan - Cady and M3gan play dominoes

The protagonist of the film is M3GAN, or Model 3 Generated Android. The protagonist android has the features of a pretty doll resembling a 10-year-old girl, one meter and thirty tall. Project of an unscrupulous toy company, M3GAN is a very precious prototype made by Gemma, an expert scientist in artificial intelligence and robotics who dreams of revolutionize the world of toys.

But Gemma has a problem: she is completely immersed in work and has little time to look after Cady, her niece who was orphaned in a motorway accident. Gemma would like to take care of it, but she is a totally incapacitated surrogate parent. She is an arrogant and completely focused young woman who lives a totally adult-oriented life, where there is no space or time for a young girl.

Gemma decides to exploit M3GAN to get out of trouble: activates the android and transforms the niece into his own primary user. Everything seems to be going well: M3GAN is the perfect playmate for Cady and the interaction between the girl and the doll convinces Gemma’s bosses to continue the project.

Because M3GAN is a movie to see

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M3gan - The doll is lying among some toys

As expected, M3GAN’s artificial intelligence will begin to interpret the task of protecting Cady in its own way, even from Gemma herself. But don’t expect a terrifying horror that will make you jump out of your seat. M3GAN is more like a black comedy who mercilessly photographs ours lazy and obtuse approach with technologyto which we ask to solve our problems without fully understanding it and without caring about the consequences.

The film can also be read as a parody of the dismissive and superficial approach of the gurus who work in the tech companies of Silicon Valley, but also as the tender story of an unlikely family that begins to work after bad initial premises.

M3GAN is inspired by many films of the genre and not: a bit ‘reminiscent Chunky in a technological keya bit certain killer dolls from Goosebumps, without forgetting Alex Garland’s Deus Ex Machina for all the speech he starts on the awareness of an artificial intelligence and its relationship with its human creator.

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Ultimately M3GAN is a horror film that draws its horror component not so much from the jump scare, but from making us reflect on the addiction we have developed to voice assistants, applications on mobile phones and smart devices. Funny and irreverent, it makes you smile thanks to the sharp character of the poisonous M3GAN and the equally abrasive one of Gemma.

M3GAN is worth watching for its ability to surprise, amuse and make one think, but without ever leaving the perimeter of popcorn movies.



The cover image for this article is taken from Universal’s M3GAN.

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Comment

Blumhouse makes no mistake and makes a brilliant film with a protagonist so charismatic that we do not doubt that we will see her again very soon.

Pros

  • The cynical interpretation of Allison Williams
  • The pungent character of M3GAN
  • The realistic and eerie rendition of M3GAN
  • Blumhouse launches an original story, not related to other films or franchises

Versus

  • It’s not really scary
  • He copies other movies a little too much

M3GAN, review: 2023 horror is off to a great start