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  • Summary: Britain's Ministry of Defense is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation, The Machine—an android with unrivaled physical and processing skills. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab, McCarthy enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava (Caity Lotz) to help him harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Apr 24, 2014
    70
    Even with a cut-and-dried approach to characterization and the issue of man-made consciousness, The Machine percolates with an elegantly palpable sense of wonder and danger.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Mar 18, 2014
    60
    Despite some striking imagery and sterling FX work, Welsh writer/director Caradog W James’ expert use of limited resources doesn’t stretch as far as the subtlety-averse script.
  3. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Mar 18, 2014
    60
    Brimming with ideas and laudable ambition, it's well worth a look.
  4. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Mar 18, 2014
    58
    When Lotz is not onscreen, Stephens is miserable company. But James does reveal a deep fascination with the robotics that suggests the threadbare story was a chance for him to explore the very real advances in artificial intelligence.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Apr 23, 2014
    50
    Closer to “Her” in its musing on human/machine connectivity, while also incorporating the dystopian and action-thriller aspects of “Blade Runner” and its ilk, albeit on a much smaller scale, the pic will divide fantasy fans, some of whom will give it props for breaking somewhat from genre formula, while others will be disappointed by the largely budgetary limits of its imagination.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 22, 2014
    50
    If the proceedings prove far too familiar, director Caradog W. James delivers a few striking images... as well as a sinister cautionary-tale finale made all the more unsettling by its use of a sterling John Carpenter-style synthesizer score.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Apr 23, 2014
    40
    The Machine is small science fiction. In a genre that openly invites invention, it barely bothers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Sep 16, 2014
    9
    I am not much into sci-fi and so bought this movie cheap on DVD and didn't bother getting the Blu Ray, but now I really regret this as it has become one of my favourite movies. The film kept my attention through out. It deserved a bigger budget, but did very well with what it had. Expand
  2. Sep 18, 2014
    8
    The Machine tries for a hard science fiction story about artificial intelligence more honestly than what a large studio would produce, and it mostly succeeds. Read @EinRand's comment about the visuals if you watch this movie a second time. In comparison, I thought that the audio art was done poorly; the synth music score and baby doll voice were symbolic but ultimately distracting. Expand
  3. Jul 22, 2014
    8
    A Dark Menacing Gem of a Film
    Use of darkness to focus attention was unique. Nice menacing dark undertone that is lacking in so many
    optimistic films of the future. The combination of believable actors, story and excellent - but not overbearing CGI - all combined to make this film deserving of your attention. Caity Lotz was freakishly beautiful and menacing at once. Bravo. Expand
  4. Jun 2, 2014
    7
    Simply and most extraordinary, The Machine is one of the best Sci-Fi in recent memory, the movie is intelligent, it is a provoking masterpiece, despite conflicted reviews. Expand
  5. Aug 15, 2014
    7
    I liked this movie and I'm very critical of movies, esp. Sci-Fi. Was it Blade Runner or Matrix? No, but it was enjoyable and had a good ending. It's worth a watch even though the critics didn't like it. Expand
  6. Apr 27, 2014
    7
    Although not perfect, worth a look! This movie kept me captivated the entire way through with all its twist and turns. I would have given this film a high score if it had given just a little more. It felt it should have longer, the story/plot has a lot of potential but makes due within its budget. Collapse
  7. Apr 28, 2014
    3
    the movie is not that bad but it's very complex and boring, the atmosphere is very dark, you will continue saying to your self "it's a movie" the whole time watching it .
    if you like action sci-fi movies it's for you but it have zero humor plus it's very superficial .
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