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La machine (1994)

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Marc Lacroix is a psychiatrist, a student of the brain, with a rocky marriage, a mistress, and a ten-year-old son. He also has a secret laboratory where he's built a machine he thinks will ... See full summary »

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Dr. Marc Lacroix
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Marie Lacroix
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Michel Zyto
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Marianne
Erwan Baynaud ...
Léonard Lacroix
Claude Berri ...
Hugues
Marc Andréoni ...
Le gardien
Alain Azerot ...
Un infirmier
Wilfred Benaïche ...
Le patient
Christian Bujeau ...
Martial
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Une infirmière
Patty Hannock ...
Marie-Thérèse
Arsène Jiroyan ...
Le réceptionniste
Christian Pereira ...
Le docteur fabricant
Christian Ruché ...
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Marc Lacroix is a psychiatrist, a student of the brain, with a rocky marriage, a mistress, and a ten-year-old son. He also has a secret laboratory where he's built a machine he thinks will allow him to penetrate the mind of any person hooked up to the machine with him. He tests it with Zyto, a psychopath who has killed three women. The machine fails and exchanges the men's brains. Zyto passes himself off as Marc, and Marc (now in Zyto's body) escapes from the asylum to the flat of his mistress. She tries to warn Marc's wife, exposing herself to Zyto. All are now in grave danger. Can Lacroix find a way to get Zyto back to the machine before irreversible damage is done? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A doctor's obsession... A killer's madness... The machine that made them one.


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You've got to admit, this is not a good movie.
8 July 1999 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Since the movie was made in 1994, it's difficult to say that the plot was inspired by the brilliant movie "Face Off", made in 1997. Nevertheless, while you're watching the movie, you can't help thinking about the 1997 John Woo movie where the main character trade place with a dangerous killer. In both movies, the "bad guy" ends up sleeping with the "hero"'s wife, he threatens the "hero"'s wife and kid. They also switch lives where the hero ends up in jail (or asylum) and the bad guy enjoy a comfortable life in a beautiful house, next to the hero's wife and kid. "The Machine" doesn't have the juice of "Face Off" because they don't go deeply into everyone's personality and life. It seems like a shallow replicate of the John Woo movie without the special effects and cinematography. Good luck !


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