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The Machine (2013)

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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 robot.

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8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Ava / The Machine
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Paul Dawson (as John Paul Macleod)
Helen Griffin ...
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Joan
Jade Croot ...
Mary
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Tim (as Jonathan Christian Byrne)
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Assassin
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Joshua Higgott ...
Assistant (Dr. James)
Giles Thomas ...
Dr. Henning
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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 Defence (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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Stroj  »

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2.35 : 1
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Caity Lotz performed all her own stunts for the movie. See more »

Goofs

As Vincent cuts the covering off Machine's face and pulls it apart, a nostril hole that allowed the actress to breathe becomes visible. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33A - II. Sunday Morning (Allegro Spiritoso)
Written by Benjamin Britten
Courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd, and Imagem Company
Master owned by Naxos, HNH Entertainment
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Dark, glossy British Sci Fi for 2013
18 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I thought this film was beautiful - the use of special effects were stunning and were utilised in a clever way that added to the atmosphere rather than overshadowing the plot.

The Machine is an interesting, dark sci-fi that focuses on character and mood rather than flashy guns and action scenes. I heard it described as a kind of prequel to Bladerunner, and agree this could be true. It has a good script with unexpected plot turns and no excessive dialogue. The delicacy it deals with with issues of loss and mourning was great.

It is a new take on the classic Frankenstein story, is beautifully shot, and was an entertaining film to watch at Tribeca this year.


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