Lee Weathers (it might've been fun if they'd cast Lee Meriwether, given the name, but instead we get a slumming Kate Mara) works for some sort of company that oversees the development of artificial humans. She's all business as she assesses the dangerous impact resulting from Morgan's impulsive, uncontrolled emotions. Dr. Alan Shapiro (no relation to the acclaimed poet, this Shapiro is played by a slumming Paul Giamatti) is brought in to offer psychiatric counselling, to disastrous results. It's never clear why this company would create such a physically strong and mentally unstable human. What purpose will this "artificial" person is intended to serve is anyone's guess.
Just as perplexing is why the staff at the research facility is so attached to Morgan. Yes, they've been working with her since her birth five years before, but she's basically a rage-fueled feral beast. Still they're willing to risk everything to keep her from being put down. Once the story devolves into a relentless pursuit to capture the escaped Morgan, the whole enterprise feels like a generic, uninspired, sub-made-for-TV action thriller. And the big reveal near the end? Full disclosure: I'm the worst at guessing plot twists. I rarely seem them coming, even when they're relatively obvious. But the twist in Morgan I figured out about halfway through. That's not bragging. It's just meant to underline how bluntly telegraphed everything is in this sad exercise.
Fox went all out with a DTS-HD MA 7.1 surround mix that at least adds a little audio pizzazz to Morgan. Special features include the 20-minute featurette "Modified Organism: The Science Behind Morgan." Junk science, more like. First-time feature film director Luke Scott provides audio commentary not only for the main film but also the deleted scenes (six minutes) and his 20-minute 2012 short Loom. For the true Morgan fans out there, there's also a still gallery.