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  • Actors: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson, Lee Nicholas Harris, Sam Hazeldine
  • Directors: Caradog W. James
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar. 2014
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GOVRVTM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,321 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With an impoverished world plunged into a Cold War with a new enemy, Britain's Ministry of Defence is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation, The Machine - an android with unrivalled physical and processing skills. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab, McCarthy enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava (Caity Lotz) to help him harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Robyn K on 16 April 2014
Format: DVD
The Welsh Blade Runner...

Dr. Vincent McCarthy is on the quest to find AI, under the umbrella of MOD. Wounded soldiers are fitted with implants and are rendered mute. Unbeknownst to McCarthy, they already developed their own kind of robot-communications, and a few homicidal tendencies.

When Ava starts asking too many questions, she is promptly told to mind her own business. Conveniently, Chinese terrorists (or are they?) do away with pesky Ava and her mechanoid is born.

McCarthy does have a touch of Doctor Frankenstein about him, as he creates humanity’s future ruin. He just wants to help his daughter, not take over the world. Denis Lawson is perfect as Thomson, the Corporate bastard. To him Robo-Ava is weapon and he manipulates the situation to suit himself.

The Machine is a visually stunning film full of conspiracies and it is hard to figure out who are the bad guys at times. The film is punctuated by sinister electro music- that adds a creepy claustrophobic atmosphere. A technique perfected over the years by the director John Carpenter.

If you are still unsold that AI can be devious, just remember that next time Siri gives you the wrong directions and you end up in the middle of a field. Just because you cant hear Siri laughing, doesn’t mean she/he/it isn’t.

The Machine is a quality British independent film that proves you can make a great Scifi film with out it turning into a CGI- crapfest.

This thought provoking film asks more questions than it answers, but at its core it is about what makes us human. This undiscovered gem is a must see for any hardcore Scifi fan.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
This is a very stylish and effective British sci-fi thriller, which expands on ideas seen in the TV series The Six Million Dollar Man and movies like Blade Runner and Robocop - The Six Million Dollar Man: Series 1 [DVD], Blade Runner: The Final Cut [Blu-ray] [1982] [Region Free], Robocop [Remastered] [Blu-ray].
Dr Vincent McCarthy is a forty-something genius in Artificial Intelligence and robotics. He is working on a government research project in bionics, with a view to creating cyborgs for military deployment. They've managed to create functioning bionic limbs and spines, but had mixed results with implants into damaged brains. Experiments are conducted on war veterans with amputated limbs and serious brain trauma injuries. The brain implant test patients can have their memories, sight and reasoning abilities restored, but are left with a serious speech impediment - they end up communicating in a language which reminded me of Klingon.
Ava is a thirty-something expert in robotics and AI and Dr McCarthy recruits her into his department. She's soon wandering into buildings where she shouldn't be, and seeing things which she shouldn't see. However, Dr McCarthy has an ulterior motive for bringing Ava into his research base, and his new colleague swiftly becomes the crowning glory of his research...
This is a stunningly realised sci-fi. The movie is a visual treat with highly inventive set designs and effects, and a wonderful, perfectly judged, synth based film score.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 May 2015
Format: DVD
This is an exceptional low budget British SF film written by first time director by Caradog W. James which shows the possible consequence of government and military involvement with pure scientific research. It is a theme which has been explored many times previously but somehow the ‘Britishness’ of this film gives the movie an authentic gritty realism. Granted it is not as ground-breaking as the brilliant Blade Runner or Robocop but nevertheless this is an admirable film as it muses on the inevitable evolution of artificial intelligence. Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz and Denis Lawson all give quality performances in this satisfying intelligent movie, visually stunning despite a limited budget. It examines our responsibilities as creators and questions our morals as human beings. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and will be watching it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD
Despite what appears to be a smaller budget, this looks pretty good and the cast deliver strong performances. Toby Stephens as a scientist driven to cure his daughter's illness is suitably enchanted by his creation, a machine hybrid with emotional intelligence. The plain sailing doesn't last long as the powers that be have, with an assurred predictability, deciided to weaponise the leading lady and there are a handful of stylish combat scenes. I struggled with some of the scripts more cerebral musings because I thought they reduced the pace but I did enjoy it overall.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. A. Rudd on 25 April 2014
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Sci-Fi movies are not made like this anymore. Now we expect explosions and multi-million dollar set pieces. This film doesn't need any of it.

Hardware from the 90's has similarities with the grittiness of the setting.

From the music, the lighting, to the story, everything about this movie is superb. This is a gem with a dark theme and great special effects.

And I see I'm not the only one who raises the Blade Runner tag and you can see why once the music sets in and the Machine is created by Toby Stephen's who plays the Dr. Frankenstein role really well.

Caity Lotz (from Arrow) puts in a real eye catching performance and had me believing it.

I'm not sure of the budget but this will be a cult movie for years to come.
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