February 10, 2023
A basic tech doom story with some horror elements thrown in for good measure. I've read some weird comparisons (Terminator for one), for me, this was just a less effective Child's Play update mixed with Ex Machina influences. It might've been better with a more frightening robot, but even then Johnstone's tepid direction is a letdown.
When Cady loses both her parents in a car crash, she has to go live with her aunt Gemma. Gemma works for a toy company, where she designs AI-assisted toys. The company is in a race to the bottom, but Gemma is working on her own little side project: a prototype named M3gan that pushes the boundaries of what a toy can do.
AI gone wrong is not a very interesting premise, but in the right hands, it should be enough for a slick horror film. The doll's a little dull though, the kills are boring and the styling is pedestrian. I'm a bit baffled by the hype surrounding this film, it's not the worst sci-fi/horror I've seen, but it's pretty plain and unmemorable. Mostly good marketing I guess.