Morgan: Trailer Analysis

Morgan Film Details

Director: Luke Scott Seth W. Owen Morgan

Writer: Seth W. Owen

Release Date: September 2, 2016

Release Format: Theatrical

MPAA Rating: Rated R

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller



A corporate risk-management consultant has to decide and determine whether or not to terminate an artificial being’s life that was made in a laboratory environment.

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Trailer Analysis

The trailer opens up with a woman frantically running. Something is chasing her. We then see a man in some kind of lab. There are scratches on the window.

A woman visits a man at an old house. The house has a haunted feel to it. She is seeking information about Morgan. We see images of a baby under intensive care. Followed by x-rays and scans of the baby’s developmental system. Turns out Morgan is a human experiment, created by scientists.

The woman asks about the accident Morgan has had. They talk about how violently the subject reacted after being imprisoned in her cage. A man, therapist, maybe, asks Morgan questions about her feelings and intuitions. the subject doesn’t look too happy.

We see an intense scene, where Morgan is pushed past her breaking point. She inhibits a form of power. Telekinesis? What proceeds is a sequence of intense clips where the subject has taken everyone hostage and forced the building to go into lockdown? The trailer ends with “MORGAN”.


Based on the trailer, “Morgan” is about a young woman who was the experiment in a laboratory. She developed just fine in her early stages, but as she became older and more “evolved”, so did her personality. She started to feel and experience emotions that real people experience.

However, as she began to realize and come to terms with what was going on, she eventually became overwhelmed with rage, leading to her becoming violent and hostile towards her creators and anyone she deems dangerous.

“Morgan” reminds me a lot of Vincenzo Natali‘s “Splice”. Another story where scientists try to “play God” by creating a half human, half creature. Things soon go awry when their creation becomes more evolved than they ever meant for it to be.

We see films like Owen’s script quite a bit. Scientists and government officials want to twist the rules and do things their own way. Soon, their own defiance turns around to bite them in the arse, when their creations turn on them.

I will definitely say that I’ve seen this played out on the screen so many times that it’s kind of played out by now. On the same token, “Morgan” seems to have a splash of soft horror, leading up to a grand cinematic finale that may just be worth the trip to the theater.


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