The Machine

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The Machine

In efforts to construct perfect android killing machines in a war against China, UK scientists exceed their goal and create a sentient robot. Winner of a BAFTA award, The Machine is a 2013 British science fiction thriller film directed and written by Caradog W. James. It stars Caity Lotz and Toby Stephens as computer scientists who create an artificial intelligence for the British military. The Machine proves an audacious debut for writer-director Caradog James and a solid entry in modern British sci-fi, with thematic heft to match its genre thrills. Two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence, designed to help humanity. But things go terribly wrong when the British Government steals their breakthrough and teaches it to become a robotic weapon.

Critic Reviews

"The Machine" percolates with an elegantly palpable sense of wonder and danger.’ Los Angeles Times ‘A classy slice of cerebral sci-fi with a literary-cinematic heritage stretching back through Blade Runner and Metropolis to Frankenstein.’ Hollywood Reporter ‘Here, the actions and objectives of the government manufactured robots are as volatile and unpredictable as those of the scientists and officials who create them, resulting in scenarios which are as shocking as they're unexpected.’ CineVue

Awards

BAFTA Awards, Wales 2013, best film, best costume design, best original music. British Independent Film Awards 2013, winner of the raindance award. Raindance Film Festival 2013, winner of best UK feature Screen Awards, UK 2014, best home entertainment campaign Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2013, winner of best actress and best sci-fi film.