The Machine (2013) Movie Review

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The Machine (2013)

2013 | R | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action
91 minutes / 1h 31min

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The Machine Plot Synopsis:

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 Defence (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.

The Machine (2013) Review

The cover image is magnificent and compelling. I was surprised at how well this movie was when I saw it. I was not expecting much because my expectations dropped after recent movies I have seen and also because director Caradog W. James (Little White Lies, The Rainbow, The Measure of My Days) only has five previous directing credits. James made me extremely satisfied and happy after seeing The Machine (2013). James is also the writer of this movie and he put everything he visualized in his writing to the big screen. Great work James with your superb script and unexpected plots. I would recommend everyone to see this Sci-Fi thriller movie.

Toby Stephens (Noel Coward’s Private Lives, All Things to All Men, Severance) did a phenomenal job with his part as Vincent. Vincent is only working at the lab because he is trying to help save his young daughters life. His daughter has a disease and soon develops pneumonia. Caity Lotz (CW’s The Arrow TV Series, Battle of the Year, Live at the Foxes Den, The Pact) played double roles as Ava and did her own stunts. The machine character amazed me and I love how it evolved from a robotic machine to a machine with feelings and emotions.

Blood is seen during the first ten minutes of the movie. We see two scientists running tests on the subject and in return the subject attacks the scientists and we see blood spilling everywhere. Vincent survived the attack and soon after recruited one of his students, Ava to work in the lab with him. Vincent eventually had to do the unthinkable and against his better judgement, created his masterpiece, The Machine. There is no more blood scenes during the movie until the last ten minutes. I was a little disappointed with the way the movie ended because I was hoping the mother found her son and for Vincent to have a daughter to hug and not to just see on what appears to be a futuristic tablet.

I love the special effects and the fact that it was not overly done in a low budget horror movie style. The performances were solid and well played by each character and it has some pretty amazing graphics and scenes. The director once again has done a fantastic job by focusing more on the characters, the mood of the atmosphere, the tension, plot, and making the audience happy.

Can you imagine a dystopian cybernetic future?

  • The Machine Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.92
  • IMDB: 6.1
  • MetaCritic: 5.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.7

About The Machine 2013

Title: The Machine
Year: 2013
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action
Reviewer: Score: 4 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.46/5 stars from 28,223 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 28,223 MPAA Rating: R
The Machine Cast Starring: Lee Nicholas Harris, Sam Hazeldine, Gareth Jones, Lee Paul Atkinson, Caity Lotz, Pooneh Hajimohammadi, Paul James, Sule Rimi, Stuart Matthews, Jonathan Byrne, Daniel Llewelyn-Williams, Toby Stephens, Joshua Higgott, Simon Winkler, Denis Lawson, James Burn, Clark Fisher, Siwan Morris, Nicola Reynolds, Helen Griffin, Giles Thomas, Ben McGregor, Cornelius Garrett, Sam Ellis, John Stylianou, Richard Shackley, John-Paul Macleod, Dafydd Emyr, Alan Low, Jade Croot
The Machine Writers: NA
The Machine Director: Caradog W. James
Production: Xlrator Media
Language: English, Chinese
Country: UK