A robotics engineer at a toy company creates a too-life-like doll for her recently orphaned niece, that takes on a life of its own!
So, M3GAN wastes no time diving right into the story, and neither will we! Cady’s beleaguered parents were trying to get her into some kind of snow vacation up in the mountains whilst lessening her fixation on screen time, especially the goofy Furby-like Purr-fect Pet that’s the latest rage in kiddie toys. And in the first of many predictable scenes, while Cady’s tired parents argue in their chain-less stopped in the middle of the road car, a gigantic set of semi-lights come barreling right at them, causing everything to irrevocably change.
Cady (Violet McGraw) is the lone survivor, and though her aunt Gemma (Allison Williams) insists she wants to take Cady in for at least the time being, it’s quite clear that while Gemma is an engineering genius, she has no idea what to do with Cady at all. Sadly throughout the entire film, we actually learn very little about Gemma personally, how she fell from highbrow robotics engineering all the way down to toy manufacturing, for a profit-obsessed boss at that, what her personal life might have been like before this tragedy, we get none of that. Gemma mentions that she and her sister weren’t terribly close when taking custody of Cady, which of course adds to her already mountainous guilt, but that’s about it. What we do know about Gemma is that she loves to create things, robotic things specifically, and while it’s a wild coincidence that Gemma happens to be the main creator of those dumbass Purr-Fect Pets, what she’s really passionate about is the robotic doll she and her coworkers have been working on in secret.
It really seems like Gemma leads a very closed life, her house is practically empty and barren of decoration, she has/had no significant other, younglings, or pets that we can tell, and she’s simply obsessed with things like computer codes and synthetic skins and adaptive AI, but in order to make what? A too-life-like doll that can basically replace the need for a nanny or babysitter, yes, but also eventually supplant teachers, other peers in the appropriate age bracket, and even the parents themselves! Apparently, while Gemma can indeed code freaking adaptive Artificial Intelligence into her secret project, she doesn’t bother with things like Grandfathered Sci-Fi tropes, Asimov’s Laws of Robotics, or even the very real need for basic human connection. After all, Cady’s a child, and frankly, Gemma has absolutely no idea how to deal with her, and whether she realizes it or not, Gemma oozes awkwardness in trying to interact with the tiny human. I just want to take this opportunity to point out the irony in someone like Gemma making kiddie toys.
The stuff going on around Gemma is somewhat more interesting – the nosy Karen-like neighbor Celia (Lori Dungey) who absolutely refuses to leash her damned dog that always escapes through the hole in the fence between their properties, is absolutely asking for her comeuppance; coworkers Tess (Jen Van Epps) and Cole (Brian Jordan Alvarez) are all-in on the secret M3GAN Doll project, even helping Gemma to convince money-hungry boss David (Ronny Chieng) and his corporate thief of an assistant Kurt (Stephane Garneau-Monten) of the projects viability over those stupid Purr-fect Pets. The state-appointed therapist Lydia (Amu Usherwood) isn’t helping Cady at all, seemingly more concerned with the viability of Gemma as a caretaker, and as is the case more often than not with situations like these, demands Cady conform to her new reality without delay or protest.
After a night of awkward attempts at bonding over Gemma’s collectibles (“They’re not toys, you don’t take ‘em out of the box or play with ‘em”), the previous incarnation of M3GAN that Gemma called Bruce and capitalism made on youngling greed, Gemma is convinced the best solution is to finish the M3GAN Doll project and use Cady as her first test subject. Because of family, right?
And after all, M3GAN really is a synthetic-sheathed miracle of human engineering and genius, at least in the beginning. She’s funny, kind and caring, adaptive to damn near any situation, constantly upgrading and applying everything helpful possible to her first Imprinted child Cady, and more overprotective than a rabid mama bear. Thus far all the adults in Cady’s current life are either ignoring her, fobbing her off on someone else who can potentially “deal” with poor Cady better, or insisting she acts some kind of counter-intuitive way, usually adult-ish. Cady herself represents a problem that needs dealing with, instead of a miniature human that needs time and space to grieve for farks sake. It doesn’t help at all that Gemma tried to instruct M3GAN not to mention death or anything relating to it, to Cady. So when M3GAN and Cady Imprint each other, the newborn unfettered AI with the strength of several fully grown men and the desperately lonely orphaned girl, it’s a recipe for impending disaster!
First, the damned dog needs to be dealt with, permanently. We all knew the second the dog’s teeth met any part of Cady’s skin, that the doggy, and likely his owner too, were going to get disappeared, and soon. The film made a point of glossing over the actual death of the poor doggy and turned Celia’s death into a Chucky-like farce, so it was still fine for a PG-13 rating. (Sigh.) Then for some reason, Gemma thinks it’s a good idea to send a more recalcitrant Cady to an outdoorsy camp kind of deal, ostensibly just a campground program for fosters and troubles, but the place seems a lot more like a juvenile offender detention center wrapped up in postcard-scenery. Especially when the mini mass murderer in training the son of one of the camp counselors Brandon (Jack Cassidy) decides that Cady and her big-size dolly are the perfect next targets for his adolescent wrath – the scene where M3GAN contorts in a fury and chases the boy down like a rabid animal, showcasing M3GAN’s otherness and complete lack of restraint, is particularly well-done.
Time is starting to run out, Cady and M3GAN are far too close and the killer bot is starting to ice out anyone else in Cady’s life, at first socially and now quite literally. Gemma’s demonstration of M3GAN to the investors as the next big toy requires Cady’s participation, and the poor girl is unraveling under the ignorance of adults and the smothering care of her best friend-bot. Gemma is finally realizing, a little too freaking late for my taste, the potential wickedness of the thing she created, embodying the old adage, “Just because you can do a thing, doesn’t mean you should.” And now that Cady finally has the attention of the adults she’s been so desperately seeking, it’s not a moment too soon, because stopping M3GAN is going to require some creative thinking!
The physical acting of M3GAN by Amie Donald for any scenes that the animatronic puppet itself could not do, full of Ring-like contortions and demanding presence from such a small body, is truly impressive in its terrible beauty. Donald wore a static silicone M3GAN mask made by Morot FX, to be later replaced by a CGI version of M3GAN’s face to match the animatronic, and the adult voice of Jenna Davis coming out of that tiny frame gives M3GAN another stamp of wrongness. The overall effect is a bit like a murderous crazed Anime version of Alice from Alice in Wonderland.
Catch the killer adventures of a jealous best-friend-bot in M3GAN, on Amazon Prime now!
Cyberpunk Edge runners
Based on the popular Pen and paper Roleplaying game turned award-winning video gaming franchise. Cyberpunk 2077 by CD Projekt RED has sold millions of copies and has also inspired an amazing animated series. Cyberpunk Edgerunners takes place in the year 2077. Nightcity, a central metropolis in a dystopian future where megacorporations rule the world and the hottest commodity is Information. David, a regular kid attending the Arasaka academy loses everything when his mom is a victim of a fatal shooting and plunges into the criminal underworld when he encounters Lucy in the subway. Lucy is a Netrunner an individual with the talent of diving into computer systems via cyberwar which allows her to jack into any system and unlock all its secrets and control any of its components. Lucy introduces him to the criminal underworld. Through Cybernetic Augmentation, David becomes a member of a mercenary group whom are responsible for performing various tasks for Corporate headhunters who pay top dollar for rival companies’ information. As the series unfolds David and Lucy grow closer but at the same time as David becomes more augmented and in doing so begins to lose his humanity.
This 10-episode series was created in conjunction with the videogame so all the locations in the game and the Anime share the same world locations. From the Japanese Animation company Studio Trigger, ( Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia) Director Masahiko Ohtsuka brings the world of area of Night City to life. this ten-episode run is available on Netflix and is not suitable for all audiences. that being said this series delivers on all aspects of the Cyberpunk genre. Full of Action with an engaging storyline, subtle drama, and not too much mind-numbing detail, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners deliver
Marvel’s Secret Invasion Full Review
Marvel’s Secret Invasion takes place post Blip from Avengers Endgame. it centers on the Skrulls which were introduced earlier in the 90s during Captain Marvel’s first appearance. S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Nick Fury had made allies with the Skrulls, a race of aliens who are now without a planet to call home. Talos their leading representative had made sure they were well protected and hid amongst the humans in disguise
Fast Forward to the present. The Skrulls have had enough waiting for a new home. The people put in charge of finding a new home have failed them and now have decided to invade Earth by inciting wars between the Humans by turning world powers against each other. Along with this plan Gravik, a leader of a splinter group of Skrulls plans to merge his key officers with samples of extraordinary projects in order to create a new breed of Super Skrulls. Can Agent Fury put a stop to these plans? can he trust his allies and friends? Or have the Skrulls infiltrated that deep into the system?
Secret Invasion had to be taken with a grain of salt. This show did not rely too heavily on special effects or over-the-top action you would expect after seeing shows like Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Moon Knight. this show played more on the espionage and conflicts within the system. There are many scenes with amazing dialogue and writing that rivals most political dramas. Secret Invasion is just the start of something much bigger around the corner.
‘Twisted Metal’: Sweet Tooth rules!
For those of you who may not know, Twisted Metal is a new TV show coming
to Peacock, based on a 1996 Playstation and PC game of demolition derby
style mayhem, with different cars and guns and other weapons, and
several zany characters to drive them, including everyone’s favorite
killer clown, Sweet Tooth!
Hosted by Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller, who promised the audience a chance
to win a brand new PlayStation 5 after the screening was over, the
exhausted but anticipatory fans were treated to a surprise visit from
Sweet Tooth himself, as we waited in the packed room with the obligatory
scene-setting mood smoke and teaser pics. (The scene wasn’t the only
thing set off by the mood smoke – the convention center fire alarms were
set off too!) And finally, after yet another reminder of NDAs and
embargoes we’ve all had to read and sign, we’re ready to dive into
the newly expanded world of Twisted Metal!
Meet Anthony Mackie’s character, aka the Milkman, aka John Doe. Awhile
ago something big and nasty wiped out computers, the internet,
electricity, life as we know it de-evolved into a shitshow as everyone
began fighting everyone else for whatever was left. The cities that were
left walled themselves off and left the bad element of society, killers
and thieves and anyone who didn’t “fit in” with the new societal norms
were ousted and left to fend for themselves, against other Mad Max-style
marauders, with their own gangs and modded cars and guns. The Milkman,
as his handle suggests, makes delivery runs between various areas of
needed supplies, while cheerfully using his own explosive
countermeasures against enemies, loudly blasting epic 90’s nostalgia
tunes, and bartering for whatever extras he can scrounge along the way.
Then one day he gets called in to meet the leader of New San Francisco,
Raven and she has a very important delivery job she wants John to do.
Saying anything else would involve huge spoilers and thus we will leave
it is there, but believe me when I say, the show is crazy and over-the-top
and just plain fun, reminiscent of Syfy’s Blood Drive and other such
demolition derbys writ large, with explosions and blood on the camera
and Mackie’s smirking grin, all overlaid by an absolutely bangin’ ’90s