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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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  • Actors: Toby Stephens, Denis Lawson
  • Directors: Caradog James
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • 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 (375 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00J4LMJ3W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,524 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 apocalyptic visions of how things go wrong afterward. Often the method of this process is not that interesting to many just looking for a good action flick, which is why you see some mixed reviews for this movie. I myself almost turned the movie off during the first five minutes. I am so glad I stuck with it. It still has action if you wait for it. But 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. Of course you still have to suspend disbelief 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 map human consciousness and transfer his daughter's own into another being he will create. He is forced to make a deal with the devil, so to speak, as he accepts funding from a powerful entity from the Ministry of Defense (MOD). But the real desire of the MOD is to use Vincent's research to create the ultimate warrior. Vincent hires a young prodigy in the AI field (played by Caity Lotz) who has just made a breakthrough in creating true artificial intelligence. Vincent begins combining both of their work and even maps his assistant's brain and body as the first test case. Secretly, he is mapping his daughter as well.
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92 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Chad Mccomas on 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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63 of 75 people found the following review helpful By JamieDev on 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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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Leis on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. T. Almasi on September 29, 2014
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The slim budget keeps the script focused on the characters and their existential questions about morality and consciousness. Pacing and mood are very similar to Blade Runner, but otherwise The Machine is an original that owes little to its sci-fi forebears.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ROBERT W. SAINT JOHN VINE VOICE on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sanberg on October 1, 2014
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The question of 'what constitutes human' has been explored in a number of movies. It's good fodder for sci-fi cinema and this is a decent entry into the genre.

Here's the scoop. An A.I. specialists accepts money from the Ministry of Defense in the hopes of helping his diseased daughter. A new, female A.I. specialist signs on to help the former create a self aware machine. She is murdered and the MoD will turn her into a new, nearly indestructible, fighting machine.

I liked this flick. The set-up is not an excuse to film a lot of action/violence. I also liked that there were a few good special effects used very strategically. They weren't overloaded for the "Wow" effect. This is shot well and well acted. Seeing Catie Lotz make the transformation from human to droid is really good. And she handles the hand to hand combat scenes with genuine authority.

This seems not to be a big budget film, but what money they had was used wisely. I never felt I was watching a cheap flick. It all worked well. The sets weren't huge and were lit in such a way as to hide the bones. Lotz's glowing eyes effect was cool and creepy at the same time, but obviously not that expensive. This is just a well realized, efficient film.

I might be a bit generous with the four stars I gave it, but not by much. I consider this a must see for sci-fi fans.
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