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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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Caradog W. James (as Caradog James)

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Caradog W. James (as Caradog James)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Stephens ... Vincent McCarthy
Caity Lotz ... Ava / The Machine
Denis Lawson ... Thomson
Sam Hazeldine ... James
Pooneh Hajimohammadi ... Suri
John-Paul Macleod ... Paul Dawson (as John Paul Macleod)
Helen Griffin ... Paul Dawson's Mother
Siwan Morris ... Lucy
Nicola Reynolds ... Joan
Jade Croot ... Mary
Jonathan Byrne ... Tim (as Jonathan Christian Byrne)
Alan Low Alan Low ... Assassin
Sule Rimi ... Technician Dr. Giwa-Amu
Joshua Higgott ... Assistant (Dr. James)
Giles Thomas Giles Thomas ... Dr. Henning
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

21 March 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Stroj See more »

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Budget:

$3,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Red & Black Films, TV4 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "Military Base" scenes were filmed at Greenham Common, United Kingdom. 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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References Avatar (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
11 January 2017 | by Fishelakh-In-VaserSee all my reviews

The Machine is a rather successful attempt at implementing hard science fiction tendencies with a cyberpunk aesthetic. It may not be particularly adroit in terms of human and AI relationships, but I appreciate the rigor of the scientific explanation for the artificial intelligence. The film really excels at this in the beginning when Vincent conducts his own Turing tests as part of a secret headhunting operation. Then as he meets Ava things start taking a problematic turn. The military-industrial complex is invoked, but its purpose is sort of shadowy and never is contextualized in a way that would make the narrative more coherent.

The questioning of human identity is the strongest point of the film, but I suppose that, at the very core, this film was more interested in being a thriller, rather than an exploration of the philosophical concepts.


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