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The Machine (I) (2013)

R  |   |  Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  21 March 2014 (UK)
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In efforts to construct perfect android killing machines in a war against China, UK scientists exceed their goal and create a sentient cyborg.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ava / The Machine
Paul Dawson (as John Paul Macleod)
Helen Griffin ...
Nicola Reynolds ...
Jade Croot ...
Jonathan Byrne ...
Tim (as Jonathan Christian Byrne)
Joshua Higgott ...
Assistant (Dr. James)
Giles Thomas ...
Dr. Henning


Two artificial intelligence engineers come together as they work to create the first ever self-aware artificial intelligence. A veteran AI engineer secretly hopes to develop technology to help his diseased daughter, even if it means funding comes from the powerful Ministry of Defense (MoD). His new partner, a young woman gifted in the field of AI, is brought on after her breakthroughs are recognized by the MoD. Things go wrong when the MoD takes over and advances the researchers' work to the next level, teaching the AI to kill and follow MoD instructions with its new and nearly indestructible body. Written by Paul Threatt

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They rise. We fall.


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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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21 March 2014 (UK)  »

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Costume designer Chrissie Pegg was given just two weeks to make 100 costumes with only £40 for each and had only one assistant. See more »


Close to the end of the film, Machine is shot by the soldiers at close range, but her clothes show no signs of stress or bullet holes. See more »


[first lines]
Vincent: [checking his pupils] Paul? Paul, can you hear me? Paul? Okay, turn the implant on.
computer: Brain implant activated.
Vincent: Hello. Do you know your name?
Paul Dawson: [no]
Vincent: Do you know what happened?
Paul Dawson: [no]
Lucy: You're a soldier. Your name is Paul Dawson. You were shot in the head and your brain in damaged. We're going to test how well Vincent's implant has repaired that damage.
Paul Dawson: I want my mum.
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Referenced in Ex Machina (2015) See more »


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Stylish, atmospheric, refreshing
9 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is such a relief to see an honest to god B-movie these days. A film with a somewhat flawed script, limited budget, tons of vision and the balls to take itself seriously.

The machine is about a future where elite scientists are able to re-animate the dead into powerful robot bodies, or graft advanced thought-controlled prosthetics onto the living. The robot's intelligence is the final hurdle, trying to make a subject that is both intelligent and entirely controllable. One of our protagonists is a scientist hoping to bring back his daughter as a machine. He's working with a mysterious corporation to achieve that goal. The rest of the movie is the movie.

If this sounds like a cheesy predictable premise, it is. But many many productions would take this story and do far less with it.

The Machine understands why Sci-fi was so vivid and memorable in the 70's and 80's, it's about art. Bold, heavily featured, skillfully realized art design-much of which here is brought to life through skillful practical effects. It really shows. Things feel real. Sets feel real, violence feels real, CGI is used well and, as the case should always be, doesn't draw undue attention to itself. It also has a fantastic synth-score that gets that synth-scores weren't great because they were cheesy, they were great because they were cold, otherworldly and isolating. Also that the good ones kicked ass.

In the final act, the Machine does what B-genre films do and turned into a gun-fight; but who cares, I'd already seen a good film.

I'm not sure what it was trying to say about artificial intelligence. It was sort of about innocence and sort of about man's inhumanity to man, sort of about procreation and creation. In the end it was mostly about kicking and punching. But it doesn't really matter if a movie wraps things up in a neat package. As long as it presents a premise, gives that premise a little room to breathe, and presents you with bold iconic imagery, I'm in.

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