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Friday, June 6, 2014

THE MACHINE (Xlrator DVD)

I remember hearing some buzz about The Machine post-film festival romp. Good things, but time marches on and often I forget the hype and what was said. It’s part of being inundated every second by a variety of media sources looking to throw hooks and advertisements at you. The Machine past into my memory, until recently when I received a copy to review. So I woke up early one morning. Grabbed three waffles, some maple syrup and a coffee and turned to the back of the box for the DVD. “The Machine is perhaps the closest to Blade Runner that any film has come since 1981”. That, my friends, is a bold statement, and one that must be checked and re-checked. I won’t pretend that Blade Runner is my favorite movie though I did enjoy it; just not as much as everyone else apparently. Cool concepts. Beautiful looking movie. Great score. Awesome cast. Sound on Sight gave the quote above which could possibly doom a movie. That’s a standard that is pretty tricky to live up to. The Machine… actually lives up to it. It’s a valid assessment of the film, and I’m happy to say that this fella right here loved it.

Synopsis from Xlrator:

Two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence, which is designed to help humanity. But things go wrong when the MoD steal their breakthrough and teach it to become a robotic weapon.


What’s to love? How about a strong cast of extremely talented actors who implore their greatest sympathy-stealing performances to win your heart? Both leads, Toby Stephens and the stunning Caity Lotz fire off tremendous performances that are believable and create tension, good will and a sense of romance that is genuine. Casting director, you get a gold star.

The effects are tremendous. Truly the work of talented motherfuckers. From the implant of computerized brain parts to the full formation of a robot being, I was impounded with awe. The creation scene, where machine is turned into the likeness of a human, which had me feeling exquisitely tense on the edge of my seat to see the final robotic product. It was worth the wait as is the end payoff that explores some common themes in science fiction while attempting to break into new ground as relates to human/machine/robot relations. With twists that make sense but are powerful and surprising to scenes you would expect from a movie of this type, The Machine delivers. Strong score. Well paced. Exciting.

Fans of Blade Runner, check it out. Sci-Fi nerds, you’ll enjoy this for the tech and the hottie with the robot eyes!

You can order The Machine now.  Releases June 17th. I reviewed the DVD which looks great, but there’s also a Blu-ray available.

-Doc Terror

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