22 December 2014

THE MACHINE (2013)

THE MACHINE

UK, 2013
Director: Caradog W. James

8/10











From the way-too-bright slightly "Terminator"-like cover, I expected this to be some dumb run-of-the-mill android-goes-insane flick, or something like that - far from it! The second feature of British filmmaker Caradog W. James is a highly intelligent, incredibly imaginative and stunningly stylish science-fiction film somewhere between "A.I.", "Metropolis", "Splice" and "The Blade Runner", following Vincent and Ava, two scientists working on groundbreaking artificial intelligence software for the military. When Ava unexpectedly dies, Vincent uses Ava's brain signature, her face and the software to create "The Machine", an A.I. robot with the feelings of a human and the strength of a super-soldier...


"The Machine" is something we don't get to see that often these days: a low-budget genre film that looks and feels like it was made on big budget, maybe produced by a major film studio. James and his filmmaking crew created a visionary indie powerhouse full of almost flawless-looking CGI, tremendous special effects, impressive visuals and marvellous-looking settings, all fabulously designed and filmed [cinematography by Nicolai Brüel, son of award-winning cameraman Dirk Brüel ("Truly Human")]. At no time I had the feeling I'm watching a film that was made on only £1 million.

In addition to James' masterful direction, the intriguing story and the brilliant script (only flaw: the somehow rather weak ending), there's also some amazing acting, especially the outstanding double role by Caity Lotz ("The Pact") who's wonderful as super-likable human, but even more impressive as human-like robot who tries hard to be a real human. More great performances by Toby Stephens ("Die Another Day"), Denis Lawson ("Star Wars V & VI") and Pooneh Hajimohammadi who looks like an on-steroids robo-version of Lisbeth Salander.


Also, even though it alredy got mentioned on countless reviews, the excellent synth score by Tom Raybould (who?) sounds like
outtakes from Vangelis' "Blade Runner" OST.
Chapeau, Mr. James. "The Machine" rocked my world much, much more than expected!


Wiki ~ Imdb

6 comments:

  1. I loved this movie. It shocked me how great it was in my view. Caity was amazing and the direction was stunning.

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    1. Indeed, a stunningly directed film with a terrific performance by Caity.

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  2. Glad to hear it's good. Loved the trailer and I love Caity Lotz even more. She was great in The Pact, a so-so horror film.

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    1. Yeah, Caity is a fabulous actress. She was great in The Pact, but she's even greater here!

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  3. I like movies where robots try to be human. Add in actors I like such as Stephens and Lawson, and I'm sold!

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