Starting Thursday, January 19, the science fiction and horror film produced by James Wan based on his own idea is being shown simultaneously with the main movie theaters in the country. M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a doll programmed to be the best companion for children and the greatest ally for parents.
Designed by Gemma, a roboticist from a toy company, M3GAN is able to listen, observe and learn as it becomes a friend, teacher, playmate and protector of the child it is attached to. When Gemma unexpectedly becomes the legal caretaker for her orphaned 8-year-old niece, Cady, Gemma doesn’t quite know what to do or feel ready to be a mother. Under intense work stress, she decides to link her M3GAN prototype to Candy in an attempt to solve both problems. She will soon discover the unimaginable consequences of her decision.
Genre: Science fiction, horror
Origin: USA Original title: M3GAN
Year: 2022 Format: 2D
Duration: 1 hour, 42 min.
Rating: Suitable for people over 13 years of age
Directed by: Gerard Johnstone
Screenplay: Akela Cooper based on a story by James Wan
Production: Jason Blum, Michael Clear, Couper Samuelson, James Wan
Music: Anthony Willis Photography: Peter McCaffrey, Simon Raby
Editing: Jeff McEvoy
Amie Donald (M3GAN), Jenna Davis (Voice of M3GAN), Allison Williams (Gemma), Violet McGraw (Cady), Brian Jordan Alvarez (Cole), Arlo Green (Ryan), Jen Van Epps (Tess), Stephane Garneau-Monten (Kurt), Michael Saccente (Greg)
Not many years ago, the executive producers of ‹‹M3GAN››, Michael Clear and Judson Scott, were brainstorming ideas in their Atomic Monster office with producer James Wan and colleague Rob Hackett. “We were commenting that there aren’t enough killer doll movies,” says Wan. “There is a perception that I make those kinds of movies. However, the truth is that none of my dolls kill anyone. They serve as a receptacle for a supernatural entity or demonic force that lives within. For example, in the case of ‹Saw›, Jigsaw has a puppet and speaks through it as if it were his spokesman. The conversation progressed and they had an idea: “Wouldn’t it be cool to create a killer doll that was like a combination of Annabelle and Terminator? Instead of being a movie about supernatural beings, we thought about making a version where technology just got out of control,” says Wan.
Screenwriter Akela Cooper connected with her own fears as she began to build the film’s premise: a hard-working engineer, Gemma, who doesn’t feel ready to care for her niece, who has just been orphaned. “A while ago I was babysitting my niece and nephew many times, and I realized how terrifying it would be for me to have to take care of a young child full time,” she says Cooper. “We needed to push our heroine, Gemma, who was feeling really desperate, to give her that solid arc that makes her mature. Since she does not know how to deal with the role that is imposed on her, she tries to save it through her professional career. That is M3GAN. Gemma feels better thinking that she can now take care of her niece without having to actually take care of her. I don’t know how to deal with her childhood trauma, but this robot can deliver for her.”
The film also explores our growing reliance on technology to run our lives…and the potential threat that technology would begin to outgrow our control. “Science and artificial intelligence were fascinating things to play with, because they are so relevant in today’s world,” says Wan. “We depend on technology for many of the things we do. For those devices to turn on us and attack us would be horrible. That’s what we wanted to try to capture with M3GAN.”