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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.

Director:

Caradog W. James (as Caradog James)

Writer:

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 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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Trivia

Shot mostly in Wales. See more »

Goofs

During the sequence where Ava is having her brain scanned by McCarthy's cranial rig, she decides she's had enough and removes it. The camera switches from a face-to-face where she is no longer wearing the device, to a profile view where she is wearing it, then back to the previous view where once more the device is no longer on her head. 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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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 »

Connections

References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 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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Artsy without being overly dramatic. Asks deep questions without being pompous. The special effects are good too.^^
19 April 2014 | by lord-leovuldSee all my reviews

The premise or the science fiction genre as a whole presents many pitfalls incautious screenwriters may fall into, I think. This movie avoids said pitfalls elegantly. I watched this movie without having read much about it and I urge you to do the same. Caity Lotz really shines as the character Ada and I had only seen Toby Stephens in the movie Severance previous to this one. I love it when filmmakers know that the role of Main Character, Hero and Protagonist can be defined by multiple characters in the story. Speaking of the characters of the plot, they are all well written and have motives that are believable, which is imperative to make the movie believable. It's easy to see the love the makers of this film has for the genre and they treat it with respect and great care. I see elements from many of my favorite sci-fi movies and TV-series (Bladerunner, The Matrix, Terminator, Ghost in the Shell and Ergo Proxy to name a few...) not to mention much from some really great science fiction literature out there. I'd love to discuss the plot deeper but I will not as I don't want to impair your viewing pleasure. Now go and watch it.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

21 March 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,715
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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