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Two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence, which is designed to help humanity. But things go wrong when the MoD steal their breakthrough and teach it to become a robotic weapon.

Starring:
Caity Lotz, Toby Stephens
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Machine (2014)

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes
Starring Caity Lotz, Toby Stephens, Denis Lawson
Director Caradog W. James
Genres Science Fiction
Studio Anchor Bay Entertainment UK
Rental release 31 March 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes
Starring Denis Lawson, Caity Lotz, Toby Stephens
Director Caradog W. James
Genres Science Fiction
Studio Anchor Bay Entertainment UK
Rental release 31 March 2014
Main languages English

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21 of 21 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. A. Rudd on 25 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M Orr on 25 Mar 2014
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Great sound track on this film.
Its very edgy and at times makes you feel quite shaky at the prospect of how human advancement could end up.
The flow and screen play is a tad poor in places, but fx and characters do grow on you.
Overall, I felt it was a good movie and the analogue sound is worthy of a decent sound system to fully appreciate its analogue feel.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Drury on 1 April 2014
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I Don't know where to start praising this movie as its truly amazing! For a small time release low budget movie its a huge deal, one of the best Sci-Fi's in years and certainly for me the most entertaining film this year so far, this film is a marvel of small budget film making and shows the big boys how its done, very original and visually beautiful all the time, top effects and a great sounding retro soundtrack, it has a wonderful story that you really get deeply involved in and you love the characters, the lead actress who plays the machine CAITY LOTZ is amazing and gives such great performance, this really must be seen by any sci-fi fan and any lover of a solid quality movie experience with a little more flavour than your usual Hollywood garbage! Gem of the year so far! Its just a shame there are no features on the disc but there are a couple of downloadable extras.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 April 2014
Format: DVD
In the near future China and the west get into a cold war, one where China kicks butt. The background material is almost insignificant. This story concerns the creation of machine implants in humans as well as the artificial intelligence question, similar to the ones asked in "I, Robot." Vincent ( Toby Stephens) works with new hirer Ava (Caity Lotz) to create...whatever it is the military wants. Vincent also has issues with his special needs daughter and seeks help for her.

The film is imaginatively done in a limited setting.The plot breaks with much of the formulaic trash that make up block busters, but not totally. Good red and black film for science fiction and conspiracy fans.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. J. Murphy on 17 May 2014
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I got this film on a blind purchase, and for me its been one of the best sci-Fi films I have seen for a long time, and hope it is followed up.

The special effects while'st exceptionally good for a film made in the UK did not get in the way of the story-line as seems to be the flaw with most modern block busters.

I would use words like modern, edgy, brooding, punchy & emotive to describe this film.

This film has a great soundtrack which I would like to see given a separate release.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Filmcrazy on 1 May 2014
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A bit of an unusual film that suffers from a disjointed start which made me wondering whether o keep watching or not.

However it developed well as the story became more involved and in the end was highly enjoyable and does raise the question of what, exactly, is human in relation to computers and robotics.

Given the way my PC behaves at times I wonder if it has a life of its own already.

A film that's a bit different but well worth watching.
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