#Morbius – Movie Review

Morbius – Budget of $75 million – 1 hour and 44 minutes

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Michael Morbius created another origami animal as Dr. Nicholas walked into the room with a new patient, Lucien.  Michael calls him Milo, like all the other Milos before him.  They live in a hospital for children with unique blood disorders.  They need to have their blood cleaned three times a day.  During an ‘oil change,’ Milo’s machine stops working, and he passes out.  Michael calls for help, but no one comes.  He opens Milo’s pump and fixes it with a pen spring.  Dr. Nicholas believes Michael is a genius and wants Michael to apply to a gifted school.  At the school, Michael can get a scholarship and medical treatment.  Michael says yes and leaves Milo a note.  In it, he promises to find a cure and come back.  

Today, Michael won a Nobel Peace Prize for creating artificial blood.  But he turned it down.  While the blood benefitted so many, it failed to cure his ailment.  However, Michael believes he has a new solution: vampire bats.  He tells his colleague, Dr. Martine, that he wants to mix animal DNA with human DNA.  At his treatment center, Horizon, the compound is stable.  He injects it into a mouse, but the mouse dies.  Then his patient, Anna, flatlines.  Michael and Martine stabilize Anna.  When Martine looks away, she sees the mouse is alive.  Michael is ready for human trials, but he knows it’s illegal.  So Michael goes to Milo for ship funding to conduct his experiments on international waters.  Milo gives Michael anything and everything that he needs.

On the ship, Michael finds the right mixture.  He asks Martine to inject the serum into his spine.  After the injection, Martine straps Michael into a chair and locks the door behind her.  A guard comes into the room and starts to harass Martine.  She verbally condemns the guard but realizes Michael is gone.  She enters the room with the guard and sees Michael on the ceiling.  The guard shoots, but Michael dodges the bullets and attacks.  After killing several men and drinking their blood, Michael finds Martine unconscious.  He covers her up, calls mayday, and jumps off the ship.  FBI agents, Rodriguez and Stroud, haven’t seen a case like this since San Francisco.  They can’t find the security tapes, but they want more information about Martine’s partner.  

Back at Horizon, Michael goes to his lab and tests his new abilities.  He can fly, has increased strength, and can use echolocation, but there is a downfall.  Michael desires human blood every 6 hours.  He tried to use artificial blood.  As his body adapts, Michael needs the fake blood more often.  He locks himself in a room to test his theory.  After seeing news reports about the ship massacre, Milo checks on Michael.  Michael scrawls on the window for blood, and Milo brings it to Michael.  When Milo sees Michael healthy, he thinks Michael has a cure.  Milo begs, but Michael refuses to give it to him because he doesn’t want Milo to become a monster.  Milo leaves, and Michael returns to Anna’s bedside.  

When Michael awakes, he hears the staff saying an orderly exsanguinated and died.  Michael can’t remember if he did it, so he attempts to leave.  Before Michael can make it to the front doors, Stroud and Rodriguez stop him.  They want to question him, but Michael runs to the roof.  Stroud confronts Michael.  Although Michael could run away, he refuses because he believes he hurt the orderly.  

In jail, the guard tells Michael his lawyer is there for a visit.  Michael sees Milo walk through the doors and smiles.  Michael explains everything, and Milo believes Michael is innocent.  Milo leaves and promises to come back.  Michael finds a blood bag and Milo’s cane after Milo walks out of the cell.  Michael knows that Milo stole his serum, took it, and faked his illness in the cell.  Now, Micheal has to become Morbius, find a fix, and stop Milo before Milo kills more innocent people.

 This origin story gives viewers the same feeling as the Eternals.  The plot fully introduces you to a new character in the MCU, but you didn’t get much else.  If you come to this movie expecting The Batman or Spider-Man, you will be disappointed.  Since those were established characters, with several in-depth films, writers could skip the pinnacle moments in backstories.  However, 75% of this film introduces you to Morbius and his abilities in great detail.  The graphic designers took dramatic risks to help viewers experience Morbius’s echolocation and flying powers.  This risk will translate well in future films.  Also, the director used old-school horror movie tactics to depict the murder scenes.  You never see the killing.  Just aggressive hand movements and blood.  Of course, you need to stick around because there are two end credit scenes.  These are pivotal because they tie Morbius to the future of the MCU.  This film is essential for the next phase.  

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

What did you do to yourself – Dr. Nicholas

It’s triple blessed – Rodriguez

That’s a fish tank for furry mammals – Dr. Morbius

Is that holy water – Stroud

Make it count – Dr. Martine

You always took his side – Milo

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