Morbius Review

morbius review

Sony continues its Spider-Man universe exploit with Morbius. Jared Leto stars as a biochemist who consumes an experimental serum which turns him into a bloodsucking vampire.

Director Daniel Espinosa attempts to blend horror and thriller elements, yet Morbius feels too familiar for audiences. Mashable critic Kristy Puchko noted the movie should be avoided completely: stating it as “totally skippable”.

Jared Leto

Morbius marks Jared Leto’s second failure as a solo movie actor, yet again demonstrating he cannot carry an entire project alone. Although the film does feature some good ideas and some action sequences, its main drawbacks lie in CGI and bad acting performances that has given rise to amusing memes online.

Like Venom, Morbius is an action movie that prioritizes action over story or character development. Instead of offering viewers any sort of backstory or motivation for its main protagonist Michael Morbius, this flick relies on flashy CGI effects and lengthy fight scenes to keep audiences interested. Unfortunately for Leto as Michael Morbius himself despite his best efforts at portraying him sympathetically, his portrayal fails to match up to Tom Hardy’s charismatic and powerful portrayal which are hallmarks of these superhero flicks.

This film may have some awkward moments, but they’re easy to overlook when there are so many flashy action sequences. Director Daniel Espinosa offers up some good ideas and visual effects; however, his execution leaves something to be desired; specifically regarding how well he balances between hero and villain — something essential in these types of films.

Lacking in energy, this film fails to live up to its potential; dialogue often lacks depth or imagination while action scenes lack momentum and flow compared to their supposed potential. A shame, considering what could have been accomplished had better writing and direction been implemented.

Overall, Morbius is an unmemorable addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While introducing a new villain, he lacks any compelling personality or charisma that could draw audiences in; even among fans of multiverse books, Morbius doesn’t merit its admission fee.

Adria Arjona

Adria Arjona is an emerging actress with numerous credits under her belt. Starting off in Loss short film and later guest starring on Person of Interest, True Detective, and CW show The Originals as Dana from Monsterland on Hulu Drama Monsterland; recently appearing as Melissa McCarthy’s character Dana from Monsterland for Hulu drama Monsterland as well as Giorgio Armani perfume My Way perfume for which she also features.

Jared Leto stars as Dr. Michael Morbius, a Nobel Prize-winning biomedical scientist determined to treat his crippling blood disease and find a solution. Horizon’s greatest breakthrough was an artificial form of human blood that could save millions – only for it to quickly go horribly awry when combined with vampire bat DNA and become indefatigable in killing spree.

Daniel Espinosa’s intention was initially admirable; however, bad storytelling decisions quickly derailed this film from its intended path. Morbius’ struggle for humanity became secondary and eventually lost focus altogether.

Morbius features some solid action scenes, but overall Morbius feels like an empty shell. Leto coasts on his star power; Smith overwhelms everyone onscreen; Arjona remains underutilized; while its supporting cast (such as Tyrese Gibson as an FBI Agent and Al Madrigal as Al’s sidekick Tyrese Gibson) work hard without sufficient material for their roles to thrive.

Morbius suffers from an inferior script. Characters don’t ring true and dialogue doesn’t come across as funny or clever; the only redeeming quality in Morbius’ short runtime is its brief run time, yet that doesn’t make up for its poor execution; overall it’s just another bland vampire slugfest with too little scare factor for horror movie fans, too little intrigue for Spider-Man spinoff fans, and not enough interest from audiences to warrant money spent watching it. Though Morbius may attract some dedicated fandom via internet memes, but overall it won’t be worth spending your money or time!

Tyrese Gibson

Morbius may have achieved impressive box office numbers, yet critics have taken issue with its quality. Morbius was described by reviewers as an uninspiring superhero film without depth or humor, failing to draw meaningful comparisons to Marvel’s other successful movies and only providing some entertainment with Leto and Smith’s onscreen chemistry, although that alone couldn’t save its weak plot; Morbius instead relies heavily on action sequences featuring Leto and Smith animated faces for effect in order to compensate for its lack of character development or laziness in writing its lack of character development and lazy script.

Dr. Martine Bancroft (Adria Arjona), in order to treat her terminal blood disease, experiments by splicing her DNA with that of bats in order to create what becomes known as dhampirs – hybrid vampire-bat hybrids who possess super strength, can float in air, communicate with bats, as well as have superhuman strength but still experience pain and need human blood for sustenance. Unfortunately for Dr. Martine she still feels immense discomfort as well as the desire for human blood consumption!

Director Daniel Espinosa takes an overly-weighty approach to this derivative tale, which slows down its pace and prevents any sense of momentum from developing in the film. Characters are two-dimensional while dialogue remains dull – even the attempts at horror such as scenes set in dark hospital hallways or car chases that resemble something out of John Carpenter flicks fall flat with generic horror tropes.

Morbius’ biggest disappointment lies in its inability to address any moral or philosophical questions relevant to modern audiences, with discussions of good vs evil being left strictly on the surface and any moral ambiguity left untouched. Furthermore, its most promising visual aspects – action scenes shot mostly in murky black-and-white featuring bizarre use of vapor trails – remain underutilized in this film.

Morbius will appeal to two groups of viewers despite its flaws: Marvel fans and those longing to see Morbius on screen. Unfortunately, its lack of heart and compelling acting may prevent it from appealing to a wide range of moviegoers.

Al Madrigal

Morbius is an enjoyable film for fans who can overlook its flaws. It will appeal both to Marvel film buffs who need to see every release as well as those familiar with Morbius who want to know how it plays out onscreen; however, for general audiences the film may only prove enjoyable if they can sit through all its quirks and watch through to its end.

Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) invents a serum from bats that cures him of leukemia while turning him into a vampire, leaving him struggling between human and vampire states while FBI agents Stroud and Rodriguez (Tyrese Gibson and Al Madrigal) pursue him on their hunt. Unfortunately for them both, Morbius is no longer sympathetic – instead his thirst for blood becomes overwhelming and morally troubling as viewers find the idea too unnerving to bear.

Daniel Espinosa (Life), however, doesn’t appear to possess the necessary talents for this kind of movie. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama’s expositional script features mundane dialogue that feels written strictly to move along plot points without adding flair, while Jon Ekstrand’s keyboard-and-strings score and every shot which looks cut from an earlier draft feels halfheartedly executed.

Morbius doesn’t disappoint due to poor casting or direction; rather, its entire project feels misdirected. Morbius joins other villain-driven movies from Sony Spider-Man spin-off universe without distinguishing itself in any meaningful way, leaving me uninspired about future spinoffs or possible teamups between him and Spider-Man himself.

Morbius doesn’t provide much beyond slugfests and post-credit scenes, yet there are other Spider-Man villains beyond Tom Hardy’s Venom who should also get their stories told on screen.

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