Gemma (Allison Williams) is a brilliant, skilled robotics engineer working for a high-tech toy company. She is currently working on her next toy with hopes of creating a demanding market among young children. Her latest creation continues to have problems, putting her under massive amounts of pressure, not to mention that her department’s budget is getting out of control. On top of that, Gemma receives word of a horrific accident that has left her niece, Cady (Violet McGraw), as the sole survivor.
As an Aunty, Gemma takes responsibility for caring for Cady. Gemma has never been a parent and will soon discover the challenges of being a guardian while juggling working on her new toy project, which now has new critical deadlines. One day, Gemma gets a new creative idea for a toy after Cady expresses her feelings of being lost and lacking a friend and companion. Soon, M3GAN (Amie Donald) is created, and who better to test the new robotic creation than Cady herself? As Cady begins interacting with her new fond companion, the early tests seem incredible, outstanding, and revolutionary. But M3GAN starts to show signs of significant change- changes that become more sinister and cruel to those around her.
M3GAN is best described as a horror film with fun sci-fi moments mixed in. The sci-fi aspect surrounds M3GAN as the latest and most significant advancement in computer technology. The character of M3GAN feels fresh and fun, especially given her creative new skills, such as being a solid companion for a young child like Cady. The look of M3GAN as a robot is great, and for most of the runtime, this concept feels rather convincing. The film is most exciting when suspicion about M3GAN grows and when M3GAN is causing some naughty, lethal havoc. I couldn’t help but appreciate and admire what the filmmakers were able to pull off here.
Unfortunately, though, the film starts more poorly than I desired. It takes a slow pace to get going, but once M3GAN is introduced, we go down a familiar path, such as the apparent targets M3GAN will encounter later in the movie. The third act delivers some remarkable, shocking, and thrilling moments. Still, aspects surrounding the showdown carry a strong element of predictability, lacking any surprise. It is a familiar feeling film, but M3GAN herself as a character is exciting enough that there’s still plenty of fun to have, even when many moments are rather cheesy.
Overall, this is a fun yet highly cheesy horror film that includes some great sci-fi concepts and let’s not forget the heartfelt moments, which also surprised me. M3GAN herself is the biggest highlight of the entire movie. She’s exciting, creative, different and, at times, deadly and downright creepy. However, it feels familiar as a film, and the final outcomes, as well as the victims, are predictable. Even with a slow start, M3GAN is still an entertaining film and brings many great ideas to the big screen that are bound to make viewers appreciate the entertainment value.