Morbius Review

Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) in Columbia Pictures’ MORBIUS.

Morbius was formerly known as the rival for Spider-Man and Blade in the comic books and even in the ’90s Spider-Man animated series. He later became an antihero, and with Sony Pictures having the rights to the Marvel character, it went on to greenlight the live-action film starring Jared Leto as Dr. Michael Morbius. The film is the latest in Sony’s Marvel universe that includes Venom, and it follows a dying doctor who seeks to heal his condition. His cure has now turned him into a vampiric creature who lusts for blood, but will he be able to control his primal urges in order to help those in need? I haven’t been fond of Sony’s latest Marvel films including Venom: Let There Be Carnage, but with Morbius, it’s surprisingly not that bad. Leto’s portrayal as the blood-sucking antihero holds the film together despite an average plot.

Dr. Michael Morbius has discovered a way to cure his rare blood condition that causes him to look and feel ill. There are side effects including the thirst for blood, but the positive effects are substantial including superhuman strength, zipping through the air at high speeds, quick reflexes, echolocation, and the ability to be one with the bats. He’s not the typical vampire who is susceptible to sunlight, crosses and holy water. Morbius will have to learn to control his urges in order to stop the killings, especially when people he cares about are on the line.

Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) in Columbia Pictures’ MORBIUS.

Jared Leto portrays Michael as a calm but ill individual, and once the transformation and the urge for blood kick in, the actor channels his darker side as Morbius. It’s a solid performance, but nothing too spectacular as the titular character.

The Villain

Matt Smith (Doctor Who) portrays Milo, Morbius’ childhood friend who also suffers from the same rare blood disease as Morbius. As the main villain, he does have fun with the role, especially when he becomes a vampiric creature. I would have loved to see a more gradual struggle in their friendship. Since this is a Marvel film under just Sony, one shouldn’t be shocked to see a one-dimensional villain.

Tyrese Gibson plays FBI agent Simon Stroud, and the character felt very tacked on with little to do. There’s even a scene that makes fun of how useless his character is.

End Credits

There are end-credits scenes in the film, and I enjoyed the possibility of what it can lead to. However, it didn’t do enough to explain the plot hole that became apparent after leaving the theater.

Final Reaction

Morbius is surprisingly an okay film with Jared Leto delivering a somber performance as the vampiric antihero. The story leaves a lot to be desired, and the film could have benefited from a deeper dive into the psyche of Dr. Michael Morbius. I wished there was more nuance to the villain’s cartoony reasoning, but Matt Smith as Milo does have a lot of fun playing the part. It is a comic book movie after all.

Rating: 3/5 Atoms

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