The Machine [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Some good misdirection in this movie. I kept putting off lookin at it and once I did I very much enjoyed it.Published 25 days ago by D4mitch
(Spoilers) There’s a lot here. While the film covers old ground in the Artificial Intelligence cyborg vs. Humanity argument, there is more to it! Read more
Considering I had never heard of this movie before I watched it, I was impressed. Worth a look.Published 1 month ago by Danny Wright
Stopped watching after about 30 minutes. Just too difficult to understand what was going on and I nothing about the characters engaged me.Published 2 months ago by Terry Franzman
Good Sci/Fi...predictable..great special effects...needed more development of the robots.Published 2 months ago by Bruce M. Daniell
I first saw Ex Machina and was severely disappointed at its ending. This movie showed how a machine could be human and how that may come to be. Great writing.Published 2 months ago by Anonymous
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