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Is it a monkey? Is it Russell Brand? No, it’s Jared Leto’s ‘living vampire’ in Morbius

In the field of cognitive science, there is a special type of sound known as the Shepard sound. Invented by psychologist Roger Shepard, it consists of a series of overlapping sine waves and makes the listener believe they are hearing a steadily rising pitch. But because of the relationships between each wave and the particular points at which each swells and fades, the sound itself never really changes much: it merely conveys an illusory sense of escalation and a false impression of progress.

In Morbius, Sony Pictures’ latest Spider-Man-related Marvel project, the studio may have inadvertently created the first Shepard film: It lasts about an hour and 45 minutes, and until the second it ends, that remains Feeling like it’s about to start.

Jared Leto plays Michael Morbius, a “living vampire” who has been a member of the Spider-Man rogues gallery since the early 1970s. Here he is, a world-renowned hematologist trying to cure himself of a rare blood disorder by splicing his own DNA with that of a vampire bat – an experiment that violates every tenet of medical ethics as it needs to be on board of a ship in international waters and of course deliver exactly the result you expect.

Along with an insatiable thirst for blood, Morbius gains a themed set of superpowers: echolocation; retractable fangs, claws and muzzle; the ability to hang from the ceiling and climb along it, and so on. The goal seems to have been to make Morbius some kind of swaggering New Romantic anti-hero – oh-so-tempting, but deadly, with dark, flowing curls, a Mephistophelic beard, and a loose white shirt that billows in all atmospheric conditions. Unfortunately, his computer-generated bat-like facial features undermine the effort a bit, making him look more like a cross between Russell Brand and a Barbary macaque.

Leto throws himself into the role with a steely abandon that would be easier to understand if the film surrounding him weren’t so clumsily generic. When an early flashback reveals young Michael’s arrival at a children’s hospital in Greece, where he meets the doctor who will become his lifelong mentor (Jared Harris) and befriends Milo, the fellow patient who becomes his future nemesis You can already hear the action mechanisms creaking like the hull of a galleon. And everything that follows – the frantic night’s research, the fateful vampire serum injection performed by Morbius’ suspicious lover, Dr. Martine Bancroft (Adria Arjona), the test drive of the forces on disposable gangsters, and so on – is origin story by heart.

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