Spoiler Free Movie Review: M3GAN Is Entertaining But Predictable

January 30, 2023

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of HorrorFuel.com. She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email: [email protected]

Gerard Johnstone’s latest film, M3GAN, has already made a name for itself with horror fans. After hearing all the buzz, I had to see it for myself.


In the movie, which has earned itself the title of “Certified Fresh,” “Gemma, a brilliant roboticist at a toy company, uses artificial intelligence to develop M3GAN, a life-like doll programmed to be a kid’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. After unexpectedly gaining custody of her orphaned niece, Gemma enlists the help of the M3GAN prototype — a decision that has unimaginable consequences.” Of course, it doesn’t take long in the movie for M3GAN to begin killing, but let’s be honest; we all saw that coming. In all honesty, while the film is very entertaining, sadly, it is also very predictable.


Young actress Violet McGraw performs far beyond her years. She is an excellent combination with Get Out actress Allison Williams, who plays a robotics genius Gemma who completely lacks the motherly instinct, which is made clear when she decides to test her prototype on the newly orphaned child, which is insane, especially with what the A.I. is capable of. Gemma is so wrapped up in herself and projects that she completely ignores Cady’s depression and anger, hoping that the doll will fix it for her. I mean, seriously? Ugh! Talk about stupid choices, and this movie is packed with them!


You may have overlooked this because the doll is so realistic, but for much of her screen time, the doll was played by a child actress, Amie Donald, with Jenna Davis lending her voice to M3GAN. 


The special effects are fantastic and look highly realistic. The special effects team did an excellent job, especially with all the animatronics and technological aspects of the film.


M3GAN, the doll itself is impressive, but I pray a doll like her never exists. The reality is that we would never be able to control them. For a while now, I have wondered if A.I. would be the downfall of humanity, and movies like this remind me why I find technology so frightening.


As I said before, M3GAN is very entertaining and thrilling, It’s definitely disturbing, and there are some scary moments. If nothing else, it will make you think about what would happen if A.I. did come to life.


Watch M3GAN now on Digital and Demand.


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