Thursday, March 31, 2016

What's On Netflix?: THE MACHINE

Welcome to another installment of What's On Netflix?, where we pick out a film currently playing on Netflix and review it for the fans.  This week's choice is the indie sci-fi film...THE MACHINE.
As one of the many great sci-fi films from indie company XLrator Media, The Machine delivered on the great premise of the pros and cons of artificial intelligence and what it should and should not be used for.  Netflix is a great place to find some surprisingly good films just like this one.

The Machine takes place in a future where the world is plunged into economic crisis because of a new Cold War with China.  Britain's Ministry of Defense is on the verge of perfecting the very first self-aware artificially intelligent soldier in order to end this conflict.  But as the head engineer, Vincent, tries to stop this, things go horribly wrong, and his life and the future of this technology, are put in danger.

This film was written and directed by Caradog W. James, who directed a series of short films before tackling his first feature film back in 2006, Little White Lies.  This film is his second feature film that he's directed and his first to write, and I have to say, he did a great job.  The pacing was well done, I never felt bored or uninterested in the film, and the story was really intriguing.  Caradog has actually teamed up with Syfy to turn the film into a series, which has me really excited to see.

Starring in the film is Caity Lotz (400 Days, Legends of Tomorrow) as Ava/The Machine, and she gives two of the best performances I've ever seen from her.  She was perfect for the role and managed to successfully separate her two characters, delivering a range that I haven't seen from some of her other performances.  She is joined by the very talented Toby Stephens, best known for his role as Captain Flint in the hit series Black Sails, as Vincent, the one man trying to stop the MoD from weaponizing The Machine.

I was extremely pleased with this film, particularly the story, which reminded me a lot of one of my favorite films from 2015, Ex Machina.  Hopefully they'll actually get this made into a series because I would love to see what they could do with it.  So if you enjoyed Ex Machina and other films like it, then I would definitely recommend checking this one out.

The Merc's Score:  7.5/10

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