A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie struggles with whether the serum is a gift or a curse: It provides great power but also requires a high price. Eventually both hero and villain partake, with no real consequences either way. In the end, everything thorny that the movie brings up is merely ignored or smoothed over.
Positive Role Models
Michael Morbius is arguably the hero, or perhaps an anti-hero, but the fact that he kills a bunch of people is largely overlooked. Ultimately, it appears that he plans to keep on going, presumably drinking real blood to survive.
All diverse representation is in supporting cast, as movie focuses on two White men. Black and Latino police officers, a Latina doctor who assists Morbius, a helpful nurse who's a woman of color (no specifics of her background are given), and a young Black girl who's one of Morbius' patients (though she's put into a coma and forgotten about for the rest of the movie).
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Violence & Scariness
Biting, slashing with claws. Some blood shown, including spatters. Gurgling noises. Characters die, dead bodies. Guns and shooting. Bullies kick a child. Child hits bully in the head with crutch. A woman is shoved; she hits her head and is knocked unconscious. Jump scare.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. Shirtless males.
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A few uses of "s--t," plus "hell," "crappy."
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Products & Purchases
Main character uses a Casio digital watch. Coca-Cola sign in background.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Background social drinking (cocktails). Shots consumed in a bar. Hypodermic needles used to inject formula.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Morbius is a comic book movie based on a Marvel Comics character who first appeared as a Spider-Man villain. It takes place in the same universe as Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and, like those films, is rather flat and uninspired. Violence can be intense and includes monsters biting, slashing with claws, and fighting. Characters are killed, blood is shown, and there's gun use. Bullying kids try to beat up a young boy: They kick him, and he hits one of them in the head with his crutch. A woman who's shoved hits her head and is knocked unconscious. Language includes a few uses of "s--t." People kiss, and shirtless males are seen. Social/background drinking is shown: Adults sip martinis and drink shots in a bar. Characters also use hypodermic needles to inject a secret formula. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Humorless and as flat and as uninspired as the Venom movies were, this by-the-numbers comic book action movie seems to be operating entirely on autopilot, ticking off plot boxes as it goes. Even the actors seem to be sleeping through their lines in Morbius -- not that there's anything worth hearing, anyway. What might have been deep discussions about life and death, good and evil, or power and weakness are kept strictly on the surface and solved without much bother or meaning. Moral implications are simply ignored. Action scenes are complicated by the strange decision to show vapor trails following the characters as they leap or are thrown across buildings, alleys, and subways.
The choice makes everything look smeary, like a cover-up for potentially underwhelming effects. (Occasionally the movie pauses for a nifty Matrix-like slo-mo shot, which helps clarify things.) While Leto and Smith have the lion's share of Morbius' chunky-sounding dialogue, and while they try to keep hysterics to a minimum, it all comes off sounding more like reading than speaking. The rest of the cast has so little to do that they're barely worth mentioning. And a "surprise" that comes at the end is hardly that, given that the actor in question has been featured in trailers and in the film's credits. Its promise of more "Morbius" to come is less of a promise and more of a warning.
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