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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.
This is a highly intelligent and inventive movie –and scripted to a dialogue that will sharpen our wits. The theme is Artificial Intelligence; androids; and a simmering, but distant threat of war between China and the West: we have a script for a very fine film.
‘The Machine’ is a movie that takes us into a sinister and violent journey into the unknown, but is grounded in life surviving thoughts of mortality, leading to love and possibly compassion? It is very much a cult film belonging to British ownership, with an enjoyable sense of dark humour: A highly entertaining movie in a futuristic style of an early Russian masterpiece of film making?
The theme of the film will generate the horror of what is probably going to happen in anticipation of this story....and will ponder the question of the likely winners and losers of control....from war-torn and brain damaged soldiers –to the experiments liken to Frankenstein and The Borg.....the soldiers of misfortune will try to engage in conversation, and those who do, will only speak in despair: they are imprisoned and treated like lab rats?
The scientists, Vincent and Ava will have no fear of adventure and discovery, but they may have agendas of their own fancy –but Ava is different and a brilliant, new scientist –she could potentially be more dangerous than the principle chief - a character that is wonderfully played in confidence and polished style by Denis Lawson........Vincent and Ava are charismatically played by Toby Stephens and Caity Lotz respectively – they remind me of Mulder and Scully ( from the X Files ) ....buzzing and engaging....Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very enjoyable film, keeps you watching till the end and even then, the ending is a eye opener, and one to watch a few times, as it keeps you thinking one way and out of nowhere... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Birds
This is a very dark and strange tale and it does take a bit of keeping up with. I am sure that I missed quite a lot the first time I watched it but I am confident that I will pick... Read morePublished 1 month ago by TeeBee
Awful. Adolescent & incoherent plot, wooden acting, stupid premise. Avoid.Published 1 month ago by Rev. Andy
The opening credits were quite good and much was promised. Oh the lies.Published 2 months ago by TK
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 5 months ago by John