Morbius (English) Review 2.0/5 & Review Rating
MORBIUS is the story of a doctor of genius trying to heal himself. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) is a celebrated doctor who invented “artificial blood” that has saved millions of lives worldwide. He has been disabled since birth and is trying to find a cure for it. His research leads him to the conclusion that mixing bat DNA will be the cure he is looking for. He manages to catch several bats in Costa Rica and secretly bring them to his laboratory in New York. He starts an experiment on a rat and it brings encouraging results. Morbius then drives along with his colleague Dr. Martine Bancroft (Adria Arjona) in a ship in international waters. Martine injects bat serum there. Morbius is cured of his handicap, but also injects himself with a form of vampirism instead. In a fit of uncontrolled rage, he eventually kills the ship’s crew. Morbius destroys the CCTV footage and escapes. Meanwhile, Lucian, aka Milo (Matt Smith), is a close childhood friend of Morbius and is also disabled. Morbius had assured him that he would also heal Milo. After the episode on the ship, Morbius decides not to use it on Milo. Desperate to be “normal”, however, Milo secretly injects himself with the serum, which leads to insanity. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless’ story is okay. The screenplay by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless is weak. The film is filled with both ordinary and beaten to death moments we’ve seen in previous Marvel and other sci-fi films. The dialogues are nothing special.
Daniel Espinosa’s direction can’t save the film. With such a routine act, it becomes crucial that the execution is in a class of its own. Nothing like that happens here. Additionally, the way the character connects to the Spider-Man universe looks forced. On the plus side, some scenes are well executed, like Morbius being injected with the bat serum, the fight between Morbius and Milo in the subway station, and the kiss between Morbius and Martine as the climax.
Jared Leto is in good shape. Matt Smith is over the top. Adria Arjona leaves big marks. The same goes for Charlie Shotwell (Young Michael) and Joseph Esson (Young Milo). Jared Harris (Nicholas) is decent in a cameo. Tyrese Gibson (Simon Stroud) is known for his comic timing, but on MORBIUS his character is lackluster. Al Madrigal (Alberto Rodriguez) is finished. The cameo appearance of Michael Keaton (Adrian Toomes) generates no excitement.
Jon Ekstrand’s music is cinematic. Oliver Wood’s cinematography is quite nice and keeps the interest alive. Stefania Cella’s production design is very rich. Cindy Evans’ costumes are appealing. VFX is, as expected, out of the world. The action is minimal and that also speaks against the movie as you expect a lot of fight scenes in such movies. Pietro Scalia’s editing is passable.
Overall, MORBIUS turns out to be the weakest Marvel film due to the routine plot and the boring script. It will be difficult to survive at the box office due to limited enthusiasm and negative word of mouth.