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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:
Denis Lawson, Caity Lotz
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Machine (2014)

Product Details

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
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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3.6 out of 5 stars

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25 of 25 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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12 of 12 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M Orr on 25 Mar 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
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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Format: DVD
Picked this up on some moderate favourable reviews, albeit the box design and sleeve notes made it look like something of a potential clichefest - so moderated my expectations accordingly. Comments like 'The Welsh Blade Runner' don't help either. But am I glad I did pick it up! Very, very impressed indeed. The sleeve comment that says it's (to paraphrase) the best British 'Sci-Fi' film since Moon are prettty much bang on. The script is intelligent, the acting is great, the direction and photography are superb, the effects work is bang on (not overstated and serve the narrative rather than lead it) and the music is very good (with the exception of some suspect 80's synth sounds in the closing theme that are reminicent of a Blade Runner/Terminator mashup - but this is literally the only complaint I have about this film). It would be unfair to this film to make lazy comparisons with either 'Blade Runner' or 'The Terminator' - it is its own film entirely. I bought the DVD (as it was a speculative purchase and was cheap), but am thinking I'll give the DVD away and upgrade the the BluRay. Will be keeping my eye on this director, and hoping he can get funding together for more films of this calibre, which are such an antidote to the Hollywood cookie cutter multiplex fayre we're fed a steady diet of. Stop throwing multi-millions at mediocre cinematic spectacles, and start giving the money to talented people who can do this sort of stuff at a fraction of the budget - unbelieveable that this reported cost less than a million (when they spend the likes of $65m on bilgewater like 'I, Frankenstein')
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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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