M3GAN – Review by T.J. Callahan

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M3GAN: Not just Barbie on steroids.

Horror heroes Jason Blum (Blumhouse) and James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring) are starting 2023 off by smacking that cheeky grin off our faces with just enough fear and blood to keep us gripping the armrests and yelling at the screen in their new psychological sci fi thriller, M3GAN, which stands for Model 3 Generative Android.

M3GAN is a life-like doll with artificial intelligence designed by Gemma, an extremely creative toy company robotics engineer played by up and coming fright queen, Allison Williams. M3GAN is programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally, so when the workaholic Gemma suddenly finds herself the guardian of her orphaned niece, Cady, she decides to pair the two girls to play and protect each other. But the 4 feet of silicone with long blonde hair and a face like a young Nicole Kidman takes the job way too seriously. She’s Chucky’s bad seed sister and her circuits are scrambled for murder.

M3GAN, the film, is fun and funny as writer, Akela Cooper and director, Gerald Johnstone keep things just light enough as they send a futuristic message about parenting while maintaining a PG 13 rating. As a matter of fact, they keep us waiting a good while, building up the story, before we even think about covering our eyes.

Yes, there are plot holes, requisite jump scares and some bad acting, but also a glimpse at where we are heading as a society if we depend too much on motherboards to do our mothering. See M3GAN in a full theater for maximum satisfaction. Half the amusement of a scary movie is the audience participation.

As the little lady says, “You’re going to have a killer time.” My husband, Ricky, gives M3GAN two 👀 wide open. I give the film a 7 out of 10. Look for at least one sequel soon.

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.