There was never anything good with the creepy lifelike doll created in a career inspired by grief by Gemma (Alison Williams), a roboticist and inventor at the Funki toy company. So it’s hardly a surprise when M3GAN, short for Model 3 Generative Android, starts killing people.
Caveat! Spoilers ahead.
What happens in M3GAN?
M3GAN begins with a car accident, which sends young Cady (Violet McGraw) into the care of her Aunt Gemma. It comes at a very bad time for Gemma, who is facing pressure from her boss David (Ronny Chieng) to meet deadlines for a new toy that will put them ahead of their competition. But Gemma has been working on a pet project that she believes could be the answer to all of her work problems: M3GAN, a realistic android that would act as the perfect toy for any child. The problem is, Cady’s parents’ tragic car accident and an untimely explosion in Gemma’s lab put M3GAN on the back burner. Until a conversation with Cady sparks an idea.
M3GAN is always watching.Universal Pictures
After the car accident, Gemma had struggled raising Cady and had devoted most of her life to her career. All the toys in Gemma’s house are collectibles that Cady can’t play with. Gemma can’t seem to hold a conversation with Cady without Cady shutting down. The only time Cady lights up is when Gemma shows her the robot she built called Bruce, which she can control with special gloves and an AI chip Gemma invented herself. When Cady begins to play with Bruce wistfully, Gemma is inspired: she can use that same technology to make M3GAN the perfect partner for Cady.
A bulletproof plan
M3GAN doesn’t eat food, it eats fear.Universal Pictures
Gemma introduces M3GAN to both Cady and her boss David as the ideal toy for life. There’s no need to keep pushing endless updates to a popular toy if a child can have a premium toy for life. David is skeptical at first, but when he sees how M3GAN interacts with Cady, he is immediately convinced.
M3GAN can do anything: you can play with your child, give advice and even teach or scold your child. And when Gemma pairs M3GAN with Cady, she becomes something even Gemma never expected: a companion through Cady’s grief. M3GAN, through her intuitive learning programming, doles out amazing nuggets of wisdom and empathy whenever Cady is grieved by her parents, assisting Cady in her healing process and becoming her de facto therapist. her. She also becomes her de facto mother to her, as Gemma begins to impose more and more parenting responsibilities on M3GAN, reminding him to wash his hands of her, teaching him manners, and reading to him to sleep. The only one not thrilled by this turn of events is Cady’s social worker, who warns that Cady is becoming too reliant on the android.
It’s when Gemma ignores these warnings and gives M3GAN the ill-advised instruction to “protect Cady emotionally and physically” that things begin to take a violent turn.
How does M3GAN end?
Run, David, run.Universal Pictures
Murders start with small things: things that can be dismissed as “a dog went missing” or “a bad boy fell down a hill into oncoming traffic.” But they soon escalate, with M3GAN doing everything they can to assassinate those who are a threat to Cady or her. He lures Gemma’s nosy neighbor (Lori Dungey) into a shed and makes creative use of a nail gun and hose. When David rushes the launch of M3GAN, pushing Cady beyond what she feels ready to do, M3GAN kills him with a paper cutting machine blade. And when Gemma finally suspects something is wrong with M3GAN (although she did get a lead with the missing dog), M3GAN had already moved beyond Gemma’s hasty measures to contain her.
Against Cady’s tearful protests, Gemma tapes M3GAN down and takes her back to the lab for tests. Her skeptical lab partners (Jen Van Epps and Brian Jordan Alvarez) agree to Gemma’s request, but unknowingly put M3GAN on a war footing by connecting her to the company’s system, allowing her to hack into one of its phones to trick Gemma and explode. The laboratory. It all leads to a confrontation at Gemma’s house, where Gemma tries to shut down her creation, only to get beaten up by the strongest and most intelligent robot. And just when it looks like M3GAN is going to kill Gemma, Cady interrupts, horrified to see her best friend ready to murder her aunt. M3GAN gently appeals to Cady, and for a split second, it looks like Cady will side with the doll, only for Cady to grab the gloves and control Bruce to rip M3GAN in half. After one last jump scare, Gemma destroys the chip for good measure. But as they are escorted from the scene by the police, Gemma’s Alexa-like smart home device emits an ominous light…
2 M2GAN 2 Furious?
She is titanium.Universal Pictures
M3GAN may be gone, but it’s clear that M3GAN is making room for a sequel, with M3GAN potentially living on the devices populating Gemma’s house. And, knowing producer James Wan’s fondness for killer dolls, M3GAN 2 will likely see M3GAN taking on an even weirder body.
But beneath the campy murders and plot ripped straight from Black Mirror, M3GAN has a surprisingly moving emotional core about healing from grief and learning to become family. It’s what makes the hollow ideas of the M3GAN family so terrifying. And it’s what makes the final fight, where Cady chooses to protect Gemma with the help of her last true “family member,” Bruce, all the more poignant.
M3GAN is playing in theaters now.