Morbius Review

Morbius is an obvious case of creative bankruptcy, failing to create even a shred of ironic or “so bad it’s good” humor or fear-inducing entertainment. Even when trying its hardest at being scary, Morbius fails miserably.

Jared Leto stars as Dr. Samuel Morse, a scientist whose quest for blood disease relief leads him down the path towards becoming an insatiable vampire. Leto’s teeth-baring performance has some haunted gusto but ultimately this movie just seems like another choreographed series of events.

What is Morbius?

Since Venom’s disappointing showing, both Marvel and Sony’s spider-verse movies have struggled to make an impressionful impression. Morbius tells a lesser known villain story, yet feels more like an attempt at keeping franchise alive than an engaging movie experience.

Although its pace is off-putting, this movie offers some engaging action sequences. Unfortunately, however, most characters remain one-dimensional due to an easily predictable plotline that leaves little room for growth or nuance in either character or plot development.

Morbius and Milo (Matt Smith) share an odd dynamic. Both struggle with addiction as a way to cope with their mental health issues; one lives hedonistically while the other loathes himself and feels compelled to punish society in some way.

Hardly could it have been treated any differently. What could have been powerful discussions of good vs evil and power vs weakness are kept shallowly addressed and quickly resolved, while action scenes feature unnecessary slow-mo scenes and use of vapor trails during action sequences that bore. Overall this movie won’t go down in history as great cinema, but neither should be judged among its kind as being terrible either.

Jared Leto as Morbius

Jared Leto took a more subtle approach in House of Gucci as Dr. Michael Morbius, an extraordinary scientist inflicted with a rare blood disease. To cure himself, he inadvertently combined his DNA with that of bats – unwittingly creating an unquenchable thirst for human blood that only increases over time. Although not intending to become one, Dr. Michael Morbius can no longer control his hunger; for comfort he keeps packets of artificial blood frozen in his freezer as his only solace.

Leto drinks the drink like an alcoholic from a 1940s movie downing his pint of whiskey, yet its effect quickly dissipates. Director Daniel Espinosa joined after meeting Leto during a Thirty Seconds to Mars tour; his script failed him with its inconsistent good/bad structure and repetitive growling; Leto couldn’t keep this film from sinking completely to its bottom of the barrel.

Jared Leto as a Vampire

Jared Leto is an extremely versatile actor who can adapt his performance style to almost any role that comes his way – including potentially subpar films if the filmmakers know what they’re doing.

Here, he plays Michael Morbius, a scientist suffering from an incurable blood disease. Dressed like someone familiar with Anne Rice novels, Michael is convinced he can cure himself and other sufferers by combining their DNA with vampire bat DNA; unfortunately, his experiment goes terribly awry instead rebirthing him as an evil-seeming vampire with an intense hunger for blood.

Daniel Espinosa adds visual flair with impressive echolocation powers ricocheting off walls and rippled through the city, but Leto’s over-the-top acting makes much of the movie worthwhile.

Sony understandably wanted to give Morbius his own movie. Unfortunately, with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man already garnering significant box office success, this feels more like an attempt at keeping the franchise alive than something worth seeing.

Jared Leto as a Scientist

Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) is an outstanding scientist whose life’s mission has been to find a cure for his rare blood disorder, leaving him frail and on crutches throughout adulthood. To do this, he experiments by mixing human DNA with vampire bat DNA in search of an effective remedy.

However, his experiment has unintended results and eventually transforms him into a living vampire. Due to this experiment he now possesses flight capabilities, super speed acceleration, enhanced echolocation abilities and has distinctive protruding bat ears giving him a very distinct look.

Morbius’ story lacks originality and fun, leaving viewers disappointed that it fails to deliver as promised. Leto does shine as Morbius, though not enough so as to make this an essential viewing for fans of either genre.

Morbius stars Adria Arjona, Matt Smith and Michael Keaton as Vulture; it contains several action sequences but fails to leave an impactful legacy. Unfortunately, Morbius was never given enough opportunities for its true potential to shine through.

Jared Leto as a Doctor

Morbius is an entertaining thriller despite its relatively modest budget and hasty production schedule, thanks to Jared Leto’s stellar performance as a scientist who gets turned into a vampire, along with its talented cast.

Michael Morbius (Leto), an earnestly dedicated doctor suffering from a rare blood disorder, spends his life searching for a cure. Finally reaching his breaking point, he resorts to something drastic; splicing his own DNA with bat DNA in an effort to cure himself of his illness. Although initially successful on lab mice, when attempted on himself aboard an international cargo ship tragedy strikes and leaves many dead behind – prompting a swift police response led by Fast and Furious star Tyrese Gibson; Morbius soon becomes wanted by authorities while Milo (Matt Smith from Dracula Untold) decides they want in becoming vampires themselves!

Jared Leto as a Hero

Jared Leto became widely-renowned after playing Joker in Suicide Squad, though his performance was often criticised as not meeting Heath Ledger’s high standard of performance. Sony Pictures eventually gave Leto an opportunity to create their villain universe with Venom and Carnage serving as its marquee characters.

Morbius stars Leto as Dr Michael Morbius, a biochemist searching for a cure to his blood disease. Unfortunately, his search leads him down an unlikely path – one with unexpected side effects which transform him into an otherworldly bloodsucker with an unquenchable thirst for human blood. Unfortunately, this generic take on the classic Jekyll/Hyde archetype is unlikely to draw audiences’ interest enough in an age of superhero films.

Though this film contains some enjoyable action sequences, overall it’s only a mediocre effort by director Daniel Espinosa. With no context or nuance remaining in his plotline beyond bloodsucking vampires and stunts; Jared Harris plays Dr Morbius’ caretaker while Tyrese Gibson as FBI Agent Simon Stroud are competent, yet still not enough to overcome some of its flaws.

Jared Leto as a Villain

After giving us the unhinged Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Jared Leto is back as another comic book villain in Morbius – a vampire flick in Sony Marvel Universe that’s inspired by Spider-Man – taking us back into familiar territory but this time on a darker path.

Michael Morbius is a blood scientist suffering from an debilitating blood disease for which there has been no known treatment. To seek a solution, Michael embarks on experiments combining vampire bat blood coagulant proteins into human DNA in order to create a genetic chimera capable of curing his condition.

Unfortunately, his body absorbs too many of these blood clots and begins transforming into an undead being. To survive he must drink artificial blood as his condition worsens rapidly. Time is running out.

Morbius is an engaging thriller without the constraints of elaborate world building or tentpole comedy, offering some atmospheric touches and effective jump scares. Visually, Morbius employs its protagonist’s powers creatively – for instance a slow-mo scene shows him flying through a subway station while seeing his echo-location powers ripple throughout the city.

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