Michael Morbius has suffered from a rare blood disorder since childhood and has spent his entire conscious life searching for a cure. At some point, Michael sees a possible salvation in the blood of bats and decides to conduct a risky experiment. The experiment causes an unexpected reaction – it changes Morbius’ body, turning him into a bloodthirsty monster.
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After the second Amazing Spider-Man movie, something obviously went wrong at Sony, and the series of failures (not financial ones) in the form of Venom and the new Morbius is wiser to end with The Damned Six. It’s equally unfortunate for Jared Leto, who is not without talent, but is extremely unlucky in superheroics; he ends up in a bad movie from one studio to the next. That’s why it’s more logical to credit the last successful Spider-Man projects to the Marvels, without which it seems that Sony can’t make two words (or scenes, if you like) together. Since the other studios have their own movie universes, the owners of the rights to Spider-Man can’t stay in the shadows, and every more or less famous enemy of Peter Parker must get his solo movie, so that at the end of the day he could unite in a big movie against the hero in the red-blue tights. I don’t care if none of the so far announced anti-heroes have any score to settle with Spidey, except for Vulture. And don’t care about the lack of a competent plan.
The best part of “Morbius” is probably its introduction, where Michael, suffering from a rare blood disorder, experiments with bats. And that, in principle, is curious to watch, as is the character’s transformation. The plot also plunges us into his past, introducing us to a childhood friend and a professor who helps such children find their place in society. The sophisticated viewer, by this time, begins to understand what’s what: who is good and who is not so good in this story, and that each character with or without the prefix “anti” needs a battle of personal character. This same viewer, who remembered the failed “Amazing Spider-Man” part, is assured of flashbacks in which Garfield and DeHaan’s characters find themselves in similar situations. Often reminiscent of the mediocre “Venom” as well, the final battle is just as depressing. But thankfully, “Morbius” is almost devoid of corny humor, or humor at all, as the film features one more or less normal joke. Otherwise, “Sony” offers to chew the same tasteless bubblegum.
Whatever the pluses of “Morbius”, which are few in number, they cannot save the picture as a whole, which lacks a coherent and logical narrative, or any of the individual breathtaking scenes or dialogues. You can give credit for the less awful graphics than in “Venom,” and the sound waves reflecting Michael’s abilities are particularly well implemented. Also, Summer, like Matt Smith, who seems to have come from Last Night in Soho, is more pleasant to look at than the incomprehensible sludge. In general, both Venom and Morbius deserved great projects, their stories are entertaining and the films could have been dark like the last Batman. But for now, these characters are more readily remembered in the ’90s animated series about Spider-Man. Espinosa’s picture can’t concentrate on anything in particular, and even its main theme – Michael’s inner struggle – leads to nothing, it just comes off as the studio is far more important to insert Keaton into their film in order to zatize an important upcoming crossover for the umpteenth time. However, we don’t need such a sinister six, thank you.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (53.9 Mb/s)
Resolution: Upscaled 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: Dolby TrueHD with Dolby Atmos 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Czech: Dolby Digital 5.1
Hungarian: Dolby Digital 5.1
Italian: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Polish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
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