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The narrative of M3gan focuses on Cady, a young girl who, following the untimely passing of both of her parents, is assigned to live with her aunt Gemma, who works as a robotics engineer for Funki Toy Company.
In addition to being tasked with developing a cheaper model of one of their toy lines, Gemma is also working covertly on developing an artificially intelligent doll that can move, talk, and even think on its own. In addition, unlike any other doll that has come before it, this one is intelligent and can pick up new skills.
After the initial trial failed miserably, Gemma decided to throw caution to the wind and put on a show for her manager, using Cady as the subject of the experiment. She forms a bond between M3gan and Cady, thereby establishing Cady as the primary user of the doll.
After a successful second attempt, Gemma’s boss plans on showcasing her invention to the board for approval.
In the meantime, Cady’s bond with M3gan continues to grow, but it isn’t long until Cady starts to develop an unhealthy attachment to M3gan and vice versa.
As the doll is designed to help teach and raise the child they bond with, Cady begins to see the doll as her primary caretaker. And the doll soon starts to accept that role a little too seriously, with M3gan disposing of anyone who hurts Cady or who poses a threat to their relationship in any way.
After a series of deaths occur, Gemma starts to suspect that M3gan might be behind the recent murders.
Will M3gan allow Gemma to interfere with its relationship with Cady? Or will M3gan have to dispose of her just like the rest?
The plot of M3gan starts as a PG-13 retelling of the most recent Child’s Play (2019), with just some minor variations in the story and with the final message being more about the unhealthy attachments we tend to develop with inanimate objects.
Similar to that movie, M3gan focuses on an artificially intelligent doll that develops an unhealthy attachment with its owner and kills anybody who hurts them or potentially gets in the way of their relationship.
Where the movies differ is, unlike Chucky, M3gan appears to be a demented terminator, as this animatronic doll is capable of twisting its body into unnatural positions and is strong enough to rip someone’s ear clean off their head. M3gan also appears to be made out of the same titanium alloy as the T-800. I guess that’s why she sings Titanium at one point in the movie.
Also, unlike Chucky, who would revel in his kills, M3gan appears to kill as a means to an end. The doll is more obsessed with her relationship with Cady and is willing to do whatever it takes to maintain it.
Another way this movie differentiates itself from Child’s Play is in the level of violence throughout the film. Where Child’s Play owns its R rating, M3gan prefers to show as little as possible, even having some of the deaths occur off-screen or cutting to another scene right before the killing blow.
The film, although marketed as a killer doll film, is more about the unhealthy attachments we have to the things in our life. When the doll is taken away from Cady, she acts out and begins to experience all the stages of grief. This is likely because, rather than grieve for her parents, Cady uses the doll to replace them.
M3gan feels like more of a social commentary on how many kids/teens have become so obsessed with electronics that their lives revolve around them. The same can be said about parents, who would sooner allow their children to be raised by the internet than to have to parent them themselves.
Horror is a great medium to showcase stories with an underlying message and M3gan makes use of this. The doll is just used to add some level of horror because there would be nothing scary about a kid that loves their toys.
M3gan is an interesting concept but, unfortunately for it, many viewers will likely draw comparisons to the killer doll movies that have come before it. Because of this, M3gan feels like a movie that could make an impact in the horror community but won’t be able to stand up to the test of time.
It appears unlikely that M3gan will enter the ranks of Chucky or Annabelle and will, instead, be forgotten after a year.
The Ending of M3GAN Explained
The ending of M3GAN, the highly anticipated horror film, sets the stage for a potential sequel while also delivering a satisfying conclusion to the film’s intense and thrilling narrative. The final showdown between protagonist Gemma and the eponymous M3GAN, a prototype robot that has been transformed into a killing machine, takes place in the family home. The two engage in a vicious battle, but just when it seems that M3GAN has the upper hand, Gemma’s niece Cady returns and throws on the gloves to activate Bruce, a robot that was built several years earlier. In a remarkable turn of events, Cady tears M3GAN in half and destroys her computer chip, bringing an end to her reign of terror.
However, the film’s conclusion leaves several intriguing questions hanging in the air. Just as the film cuts to the credits, a glimmer of light suddenly emanates from Gemma’s smart home device, leading viewers to wonder if M3GAN has been reincarnated as an Alexa or another device. This is a nod to a scene earlier in the film, when M3GAN’s AI consciousness is able to connect to other devices while she is duct-taped in the lab. This sets up the possibility that when M3GAN does return, she won’t exactly look the same as before.
Additionally, producer James Wan has hinted at the idea of a broader “cinematic universe” when discussing the sequel, suggesting that the story of M3GAN could continue to evolve in unexpected ways. With M3GAN having taken over all the devices in the family home, there is potential for a campy modern twist on the haunted house genre, with the story picking up right where this film left off. There is also the possibility that M3GAN could be resurrected in an even more frightening form, as Gemma tries to perfect her creation the second time around. Ultimately, the ending of M3GAN leaves the door wide open for a sequel and ensures that audiences will be eagerly anticipating the next installment of this exciting franchise.
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