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M3GAN [2023]

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Gemma (played by Allison Williams) is a geniusroboticist for a technologically advanced toy company, Funki. Gemma suddenly becomes the caretaker of her niece Cady (Violet McGraw) after a tragic accident kills her parents. Unsure of how to handle this newfound responsibility, Gemma turns to her project, MEGAN, for help. A New Vision of Horror — Filmmakers and cast break down how the world of M3GAN was created, including the initial idea, through production under the leadership of director Gerard Johnstone

The film ultimately went through a number of reshoots to nab a PG-13 rating for its theatrical rollout, but director Gerard Johnstone felt that the sinister implication of violence (as opposed to showing it outright) made the thing much scarier as a result.Making it PG-13 was something that happened after the fact, but it was always so close to PG-13, anyway. It seemed kind of a mistake not to embrace it," he explained. I even remember thinking early on, 'This could be PG-13, and some of my favorite films like Drag Me to Hell are PG-13.' So we made the decision to go PG-13 and actually reshot a couple of things. What I was really stoked about is that when we reshot those scenes, they were more effective. It's like 'Yes, you do have to cut away at certain times' but it's fun having to rely on sound and suggestion so much."

M3GAN stars Allison Williams ( Get Out) as Gemma, a toy company roboticist who makes the mistake of pairing her eight-year-old niece, Cady (Violet McGraw), with a machine capable of thinking — and killing — for itself. Ronny Chieng ( Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Brian Jordan Alvarez ( Will & Grace), Jen Van Epps ( Cowboy Bebop), Lori Dungey ( The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, extended edition), and Stephane Garneau-Monten ( Straight Forward) round out the principal cast. Derivative though M3gan undoubtedly is – with creepy fake toy TV ads that are a ripoff-homage to Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop, and a freakout finale that references James Cameron’s android meisterwerk – there are some adroit satirical touches about dolls as toxic aspirational templates, dolls as parodies of intimacy and sensitivity and tech itself as sinister child-pacification, with kids given iPads the way Victorian children were given alcoholic gripe water. It is funny when M3gan sings Titanium to Cady as a lullaby, but is then capable of switching to snarling rage, and Chieng is good value. A entertainingly nasty film for the new year.M3GAN, orModel 3 Generative Android, is an artificially intelligent lifelike doll developed by Gemma. The android was designed to be a child’s best friend and loyal companion, especially when caretakers like Gemma need help. At first, MEGAN is a huge success, bonding with Cady and doing exactly what Gemma set out for it to do. However, M3GAN soon develops a violent streak when she becomes overprotective of Cady, leading to tragic consequences. It’s MEGAN’s world,we’re just living in it. The first major release of 2023 came in the form of an android with a murderous streak. After the theatrical run concludes, when will M3GANbe out on Blu-ray and DVD?

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