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The Machine [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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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.
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.
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.
With medical and computer technology reaching forward into sci-fi territory, these are actual questions that we may one day have to ask ourselves. And they are are some of the questions that pop up in "The Machine." While the main plot is one that has been done before, it's handled with a kind of brutal delicacy, some strong direction and powerful acting by Toby Stephens and Caity Lotz.
In the not-too-distant-future (next Sunday A.D.), Britain is embroiled in a cold war with China. Scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) is in charge of giving cybernetic implants to brain-damaged soldiers; while they seem to become mute soon after, they regain all their physical and mental faculties. He hopes that he can use this technology on his daughter, who suffers from a debilitating neurological disorder.
Then he meets Ava (Caity Lotz), a brilliant young scientist who has created an A.I. which is almost human. With her help, Vincent begins work on a sentient android by scanning her brain into a quantum computer... and after she's unexpectedly murdered, Vincent uses her likeness and brain scan for The Machine (also played by Caity Lotz), a gynoid who is almost indistinguishable from a human.
In fact, she's a little TOO human -- she feels emotions like fear, love and remorse, and has a sense of morality that Vincent encourages. She also is capable of communicating with the cyborgs. Since the sleazy government/corporate boss Thomson (Denis Lawson) wants a mindless killing machine, he's not too pleased by this. So he demands that Vincent lobotomize away Machine's humanity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Film arrived early. Brand new dvd. Brilliant British film. Excellent story. I think better than the film "Ex_Machina" but thats my thoughts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John
A dark film, filmed mostly in the dark, as Britain under threat from China starts to build android soldiers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charles Vasey
Blu ray transfer is poor. Film itself wasn't too bad for a low budget but acting is a bit hammy in places and its so dark. Filmed in fogavision.Published 3 months ago by Will
Surprisingly decent sci-fi movie. Its no Ex-Machina but still worth a look. Cairy Lotz is very easy on the eye too.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Saw this on YouTube , Had to buy it for me and my wife's Sci Fi collectionPublished 3 months ago by Avon
It wasn't. Thankfully I watched it alone, a bit of a stinker I am afraid, not worth the measly 99p it cost to view.Published 3 months ago by Roger Dutton