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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.


Caradog W. James (as Caradog James)


Caradog W. James (as Caradog James)
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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 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


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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Did You Know?


The voices in the Turing Test scene are very similar to Paul Williams's voiceover of Freddy the Bomb, in the 1990 movie Solar Crisis. See more »


After cutting the material off the machine version of Ava, the plastic snaps and the actress's eyes flutter. 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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Crazy Credits

In the section 'Additional thanks to:" towards the bottom, it states, "uncredited source at MOD (you know who you are- thanks)," See more »


Referenced in Ex Machina (2014) See more »


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Master owned by Naxos, HNH Entertainment
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A monotone machine experience at best...
13 April 2014 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I had no expectation for this movie, and can't really claim that I did any prior investigation into it before sitting down to watch it. And now that I have, I sit here with a somewhat hollow feeling.

While the movie was nice visually and atmospherically, then content-wise and story-wise, then "The Machine" didn't really lift the bar in any possible way. The storyline was nearly non-existing, or at least simple to the level of being pointless, which made the movie suffer terribly.

The concept of the movie does raise a valid question about robotics and their usage, but director Caradog W. James really didn't manage to establish anything in that sense. And the movie ended up being a rather shallow experience and a pointless one as well.

I will say that the acting was adequate, and people were doing good enough jobs with their given roles and characters. But everything was just a tad too superficial, and the actors weren't really allowed to shine on the screen.

Visually, then the movie was nice to watch. Now, don't expect a billion dollar Hollywood CGI fest here, then you will be sorely disappointed. But the effects team behind "The Machine" pulled it off quite nicely, and the effects came off as believable and real. Although, one thing did raise a question mark, as a machine, would would you see billowing steam exhaling from Caity Lotz's mouth during the "revolt" scene? That was just a stupid mistake (either that, or I pay way too much attention to everything in the movies).

I am giving "The Machine" a 5 out of 10 stars, because it was a mediocre experience that suffered from a horrible storyline, and had the effects and acting to lift up the movie despite the bad storyline. But come the ending, there really were no particular point to this movie.

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English | Chinese

Release Date:

21 March 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Red & Black Films, TV4 See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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