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The Machine [Blu-ray] (2013)

Toby Stephens , Denis Lawson , Caradog James  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Toby Stephens, Denis Lawson
  • Directors: Caradog James
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Xlrator
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00J4LMJ3W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 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.

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74 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Random Find April 9, 2014
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I was looking on Amazon for something to watch and came across The Machine. It only had 3 reviews at the time, but I figured why not. It wasn't like it'd be the first time I stopped watching a movie.

I'll tell you, I was really surprised. This was a pretty good sci-fi flick. I'm not much of a review writer - so I don't really know what to say other than I enjoyed it; I liked the premise, the plot, the acting, and all that happy stuff. Why did I give it 4 stars and not 5? Because I think it could have been fleshed out a little more. Don't take that to mean it isn't worth watching though - because it is. You'll be surprised.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why wasn't this Movie Promoted More!!!!! April 9, 2014
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This is one of the best movies I have seen in the last few years. Similar in feel to Blade Runner yet still very original. The movie doesn't get caught up using CGI or ton of special effects yet when it does they serve the story. Very well done movie.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Technological Children April 9, 2014
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The first movie of the year (2014) about the Technological Singularity is sometimes familiar but comes to interesting conclusions. If we humans as flawed creators create Technological Children and visit our sins upon them, how might they react? Stylistic, sometimes melodramatic, generally concerned more with ideas than action, The Machine is an important entry in this genre of science fiction, a genre that seems to want to tell us something important about the future. Caity Lotz, so wonderful in the CW's television series Arrow, is also wonderful here.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Very few movies try to help us envision how machines or cybernetic organisms become sentient beings, though there are plenty that show how things go wrong afterward. Because the nuts and bolts of this process are not that interesting to many just looking for action, you see a lot of mixed reviews on this movie. I myself almost turned the movie off during the first five minutes, but I am so glad I stuck with it. It still has action if you wait for it. Let me make the case for why else you should give this movie a chance.

This evolution or bestowal of consciousness is where modest budget THE MACHINE excels in my opinion. Of course you still have to suspend belief a little. Here we have wounded soldiers from a near future war being used as guinea pigs for interface with cybernetic implants or replacement parts of the body, including areas of the brain. That's just a springboard as they begin to create the cybernetic organism from scratch. Ethical issues are also tackled as broken solders are used and discarded.

Vincent is a driven artificial intelligence engineer obsessed with his work because of his dying daughter. He wishes to succeed in the mapping of his daughter's consciousness and transfer her to another being he will create. In his quest, he is forced to make a deal with the devil, so to speak, as he works with a powerful entity from the Ministry of Defense (MOD) in exchange for funding. The MOD has a specific interest in developing an ultimate warrior. Vincent hires a young prodigy in the AI field (played by Caity Lotz) who has just made a breakthrough in creating a computer with true artificial intelligence. Vincent begins combining his assistant's work with his own in mapping human consciousness and cybernetic organisms.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best scifi movie of the year April 14, 2014
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While low budget, its the best scifi movie of the year so far. If you love Blade Runner, you will love this movie!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This movie was amazing. It felt like a prequel to Blade Runner almost. The box design makes the film look like a terminator film but it's way better than the last few Terminator films and could easily replace Rise of the Machines as a birth of AI film. This film was more about the creation of complex AI and what to do with it and less of an action film. There is action in it but that is not what drives the film. My one problem with the film, is that it was shot to dark but I wish that every film I saw had a problem that minor. Many of the scenes use expression and movement to convey things like in Blade Runner. I loved this film and will be buying it, This review is based on the four days I had to rent the blu ray. Spoiler, The ending has you wondering if the advanced AI need humanity or not. You can either believe on or the other. I want to believe that "the Machine" is crying out of happiness that the AI daughter loves her ant that she has a family buy she could just as easily be crying at knowing that her human husband will be a thing of the past. The film is great. It's complex and not great for people who want a simple action film.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Future May 12, 2014
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This is an amazing little film with so much talent amongst the cast, the crew, the visual effects teams and the soundtrack. Loved this rental so much I immediately pre-ordered the upcoming blu-ray release and bought the soundtrack. It was a great throwback to a type of dystopian, fear-of-robots style of science fiction I loved so much in the 80s and early 90s, but had a great deal of sophistication that raised it above its "b-movie" roots. Caity Lotz was completely captivating in her roles, and it was great to see Denis Lawson chew up his role. It's amazing that a film like this can do so much with such a relatively small budget, and be *so* much more satisfying on an emotional level than similar material (Terminator Salvation comes to mind).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy, Rent it!
Save you money and wait to rent it or for it to come out on Netflix.
Published 4 days ago by Mr. Ken
3.0 out of 5 stars If you have a couple of hours with nothing to do
It is an interesting study but a little too tedious at times. If you are an avid SciFy fan, you'll probably be entertained but it didn't really grab and engage me.
Published 7 days ago by E. Magno
3.0 out of 5 stars Good cast of actors
Good cast of actors, great movie with interesting elements and special effects, HORRIBLE soundtrack. I liked the movie, but the soundtrack was unbelievably terrible. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Sunil
5.0 out of 5 stars the machine
a pretty good movie sci fi action style
Published 11 days ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Surprisingly good movie-- giieves thought to what some Countries could be up to including ours
Published 15 days ago by James Wm. Rummerfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 15 days ago by Joseph Diggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting sci-fi movie
Interesting sci-fi movie... In spite to the low budget, producers made a good film.... I recommend it.
Published 16 days ago by Julio Arrospide
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Surprisingly good movie. We need more good scifi and we got it!
Published 20 days ago by Crystalyzd
2.0 out of 5 stars Again another film that i am glad I did not pay full price to see
Again another film that i am glad I did not pay full price to see, This story has been done in Japanese Anime an I believe better than this live action film
Published 21 days ago by James E. Canada
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 22 days ago by Lincoln M Owens
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