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Ghost from the Machine (2010)
"Phasma Ex Machina" (original title)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  2010 (USA)
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Mr. Kravitch
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After his parents are killed in a car accident, Cody is left dealing with enormous guilt, caring for his younger brother and the persistent thought of how to bring his parents back to life. Cody knows he is not the first person to have this idea or the first to have attempted to carry it through. After several attempts with his electromagnetic device, he becomes the first to breach the wall between the living and the dead But where is the line between life and death? And who actually comes back? What ghosts come out of the machine? "Phasma Ex Machina" is a sci-fi film that combines both heart and mystery with electronic veins and sheet metal. Written by Deeww

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and language
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When Tom is watching TV just before a dinner plate mysteriously falls and shatters in his kitchen, we see and hear a commercial being played on his television. The muffled, unintelligent voice on the commercial is that of the film's Sound Editor, Benjamin Allison. A quick fix by Allison to create audio for a fake prescription drug commercial. See more »

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Includes the following humorous variation on the standard legal disclaimer at the end of the credits: "The events, characters and firms depicted in this motion picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actually dead, or to actual firms is purely coincidental." See more »

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Primer, in a haunted house... for kids
24 September 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

For a low budget, independent movie from an inexperienced director/writer, I thought this was actually pretty enjoyable. The plot is a bit of a rehash of the old mad scientist trope, but this time the mad scientist is a young adult who can't let go of his dead parents. Feeling guilty and responsible for their deaths, he embarks on a single-minded quest to contact them, using some pseudo-scientific theory involving electromagnetic fields. I guess they figured that audiences might get confused about EMF, so they dedicated several expository scenes on the science behind the kid's invention. Unfortunately, this does slow down the pacing a bit, but, unlike Primer, from which this movie seems to draw some influence, they managed to keep the technobabble to minimum. Like Primer, the invention is basically a MacGuffin, a black box that serves to advance the plot and draw the focus of obsessive behavior. Unlike Primer, the themes aren't as explicit, nor is it quite as compelling, though I fail to see why the rating is quite so low as it is (hovering around a 4, at the time of my writing). I'd say that it's pretty decent and probably worth a view for fans of supernatural thrillers. There's no gore, profanity, or nudity that I can remember, though there's a little violence and atmospheric tension. That makes me wonder if maybe it was aimed at younger audiences, especially seeing as how the leads are all fairly young. Still, I think it works fine for older audiences, as long as they're not expecting it to be a gory horror movie.


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