• 21 Jan - 27 Jan, 2023
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In a James Wan-directed movie, an artificially intelligent, freakish-looking super-sized smart doll is a prescription for disaster. M3GAN's look and bright grey eyes initially pique curiosity and belie the mayhem she can wreak. She is modelled by Wan's much simpler invention Anabelle. It's a thought that may excite aficionados of the genre from a great distance. Even if the plot is generally predictable, there are still plenty of tasty jumpscares, thrilling moments, and high-tension situations because of the intricacies.

With M3GAN (Amie Donald), we receive everything in moderation throughout the course of its brief length, with an opponent who is full of intriguing potential. Since this new toy has a mind of its own, it won't be a spoiler if we say that M3GAN is the kind of diabolical doll you can't easily get rid of. As a result, when Gemma links her up with her niece Cady, the two develop a bond that is much stronger than the developer of M3GAN had anticipated. M3GAN's clever systems and overwhelming power drive the screenplay's daring turns and bloody conclusions, which make for a fascinating and captivating movie. Don't analyse the reasoning too much because it seems that anything is possible in today's era of automation and smart internet.

Amie Donald, an actor who was just 11 years old when the movie was shot, effortlessly brings the robotic brutality of M3GAN to life. Performance, puppetry, computer graphics, and, of course, the beauty of film all cleverly combined to create this. If rumours are to be believed, Amie was largely responsible for M3GAN's physicality; she co-choreographed the dance sequence that has since gone viral on social media and did her own stunts. With Jenna Davis' flawless impersonation of the eerie doll voice, M3GAN's horror show is finished.

The rest of the performances are only passable, but to be quite honest, it's hard to care much about the regular mortals when the main character is a human-like doll with a suspiciously ferocious edge. Without coming off as preachy, the movie's plot deftly addresses significant problems including a child's relationship with a guardian, PTSD, the horrors of modern parenting, especially for a single woman, and excessive technological exposure.

M3GAN's violence is unleashed by Gerard Johnstone and his authors gradually but savagely, yet there's still so much more she could do to captivate and terrify the audience. But if the climax is any indication, a perilous game has just started and it's not for the faint of heart.