MORBIUS MOVIE REVIEW
Sony’s grip on Marvel characters extends largely to Spider-Man adjacent villains and anti-heroes and they continue down this ‘MCU is not directly involved’ film path with Morbius. Jared Leto plays Michael Morbius, a brilliant scientist who is dying from a rare blood disease who is determined to crack it, to help both him and his childhood friend suffering from the same problem, Milo (Matt Smith). Through gene combination he comes up with a serum based on vampire bats but that essentially turns him into a super-vampire, with crap-loads of mega-powers, but also a tendency to turn into a raging and indiscriminate blood sucker when he’s not fed blood often enough. It’s bad enough he’s got to race against time and his own needs to come up with some sort of cure for his cure, but now there’s another one like him in the city with considerably less taboos about killing at will. AND he’s got an investigator tracking him (Tyrese Gibson) although, only sort of. It felt like maybe there was more of that in an earlier cut that we saw a lot of the scenes of in the trailers. In fact, there’s a LOT missing from this movie including fun. Listen to Chris, Mars, Sarah, and Mike take a bite out of it.
DIRECTED BY: Daniel Espinosa
STARRING: Jared Leto, Charlie Shotwell, Matt Smith, Joseph Esson, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, Tyrese Gibson, Corey Johnson, Michael Keaton
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas in 1992 where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this community of critics. While Brian eventually followed his heart to a new family, Chris continues on with a cast of colorful folks from all over the country (and a few others). You can also check out Chris in his videocast, along with Martin Thomas and Danni Danger, that One Of Us does with our friends at Bell of Lost Souls: Crossover Event. He also regularly guests on the video game website Rage Select. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Mars Garrett (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Mars enjoys bad movies, motorsportsball, and the internet. She’s been the resident pop-culture and toy/collectibles editor at BoLS for the better part of a decade. An ardent action and horror fan, she takes pride in the number of movies she’s seen with a 10% or lower RT rating. Just don’t ask her to watch a rom-com.
Sarah Jane (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Sarah Jane was born and raised in Southern California but currently calls Austin, TX her home. She’s seen over 5,700 movies so far with zero plans on stopping. She has a penchant for all things exploitation, and she loves Godzilla with all her heart. Her favorite films are Deep Red, Le Samourai, and Miller’s Crossing. When she isn’t watching movies, she’s busy herding her four cats, her husband, and her 11-year-old kiddo. She’s been a contributor to TalkFilmSociety, Daily Grindhouse, FThisMovie!, Looper, and the Austin Chronicle. You can find her on Twitter and Letterboxd at @fookthis.
Michael Riojas (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
The man with the ever-changing nicknames. Born in Austin, Riojas was rocketed to Del Rio, Texas, a literal small ville. In his youth, he was bitten by a radioactive… okay, look. Mike is not very good at this whole “talking about himself” thing. But he has been so obsessed with comics, video games, and anime since childhood- that if one has to choose between listening to Joe Quesada or Mike over any obscure Spider-Man trivia, they go to him (or, at least Martin Thomas once said so). He is also a big fan of “Ghostbusters” (he even owns his own jumpsuit and two, that’s right, TWO proton packs!), collects toys and video games, and will defend “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” if provoked. He lives in Austin with his beloved Dachshund-Maltese and trusted sidekick, Dean. He can also be heard on RageSelect. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram.
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