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Morbius [Movie & Blu-Ray Review]

The Doctor Will See You Now

16th May 2022

Jared Leto (“Justice League”, “Blade Runner 2049”) becomes one of few actors to play different roles in the MCU as he takes on the role of Dr. Michael Morbius.

Morbius has a rare blood disease, not so rare that he’s the only person he knows with it as, when he was younger, he met Milo, Matt Smith (“Last Night in Soho”, “The Crown (TV)”), as the two were undergoing regular blood transfusions under the watch of Dr. Emil Nicholas, Jared Harris (“Foundation (TV)”, “Chernobyl (TV)”).

Morbius devotes his life to trying to understand and cure his disease, along the way inventing synthetic blood which earns him the Nobel Prize, which he declines saying he can’t accept it for a failure.

In his quest for a cure he begins looking at bats and their ability to drink blood. He goes through many, many experiments before one finally works on his lab mice. However, it’s ethically questionable and certainly illegal so he, and his lab doctor friend Martine Bancroft, Adria Arjona (“6 Underground”, “Good Omens (TV)”), head offshore on a container ship to experiment on Morbius.

This, as you may imagine, doesn’t go exactly to plan, turning Morbius into, what’s best described as, a vampire. Except he can walk in daylight and doesn’t turn into a bat. He does get ugly though and needs blood on a regular basis, the synthetic stuff he created becoming less and less effective at keeping his hunger at bay.

As Morbius struggles with what he’s done, his old friend Milo turns up and decides he wants in, stealing the serum that Morbius leaves lying around and injecting himself. The movie then becomes Milo vs Morbius in a VFX extravaganza through a VFX’d New York.

Whilst this is going on we have two FBI agents, Simon Stroud, Tyrese Gibson (“Fast & Furious 9”, Star (TV)”), and Rodriguez, Al Madrigal (“Physical (TV)”, “Finding the Way Back”), attempting to track Morbius down and understand what on Earth is going on, coming as this does shortly after Venom.

Morbius is directed by Daniel Espinosa (“Child 44”, “Life”) and it’s nicely done, though some of the early fight scenes are a bit hard to follow, all close-ups and fast camera movements. Equally, some of the VFX, particularly when Morbius is fighting, look a bit odd, very computer graphics, which is what they are, but there’s not a lot of life to them.

As for the movie, well it comes in at just over an hour and a half, which is short these days, and the story all feels a bit ‘meh’. There’s echoes of The Lost Boys whilst the story has Jekyll and Hide vibes and yet Morbius reaches neither of those heights.

Watching the extras on the Blu-ray it does appear that quite a bit was left on the cutting room floor and I can’t help but wonder how much that’s impacted on the final version compared to what Epsinosa had in mind.

As for the extras, they aren’t much to write home about either with many repeating clips and interviews throughout. There’s an Outtakes & bloopers reel – which is short and not great, Lights, Camera Action – a behind the scenes / making of with director Daniel Espionsa, Defining the Anti-Hero – various cast and crew talking about the character of Morbius and bringing him to the screen, Doing the Stunt Work – which is about the stunts of the movie and Smith and Leto trying to do as much as they could themselves, The Good, Bad & Ugly – Support Cast – which, despite being called support cast, is about all the cast, Nocturnal Easter Eggs – which is some of the easter eggs in the movie, though not all, From Human to Vampire – Visual Effects – which is, as the name suggests, all about the VFX, mainly of Morbius himself and finally Theatrical Marketing: Press Tour – around the world press, Lore – a small bit about Leto and Morbius, Universe – Leto talking about the universe, Stain – an advert by leto removing blood from a shirt.

Stick around after the credits have rolled for not one, but two extra scenes bringing back an old favourite to superhero movies.

Morbius will be available to rent on 17th May, to download & keep on 13th June, to rent on digital and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™
and DVD on 27th June 2022.

DETAILS

  

RELEASE DATE
17th May 2022

DIRECTED BY
Daniel Espinosa

WRITTEN BY
Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless

Running Time:
1h 44m

THE QUICK SELL
Jared Leto (“Justice League”, “Blade Runner 2049”) becomes one of few actors to play different roles in the MCU as he takes on the role of Dr. Michael Morbius. Morbius has a rare blood disease, not so rare that he’s the only person he knows with it as, when he was younger, he met Milo, […]

CAST & CREW
Adria Arjona, Al Madrigal, Burk Sharpless, Daniel Espinosa, Jared Harris, Jared Leto, Matt Sazama, Matt Smith, Michael Keaton, Tyrese Gibson

DETAILS

  

RELEASE DATE
17th May 2022

DIRECTED BY
Daniel Espinosa

WRITTEN BY
Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless

Running Time:
1h 44m

THE QUICK SELL
Jared Leto (“Justice League”, “Blade Runner 2049”) becomes one of few actors to play different roles in the MCU as he takes on the role of Dr. Michael Morbius. Morbius has a rare blood disease, not so rare that he’s the only person he knows with it as, when he was younger, he met Milo, […]

CAST & CREW
Adria Arjona, Al Madrigal, Burk Sharpless, Daniel Espinosa, Jared Harris, Jared Leto, Matt Sazama, Matt Smith, Michael Keaton, Tyrese Gibson

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