Film Review: The Machine (Toby Stephens) Conflicted scientist examines what it means to be alive

The Machine, with Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Sam Hazeldine & Denis Lawson.  Director, Caradog W. James.  I’m a bit of a fan of artificial intelligence &, of course, science fiction.  However; good topics, well-acted scripts & great effects, combined with a worn out concept – is problematic.  It’s a good thing, it’s a bad thing.

Stephens; is adequate, if not overdone, as a scientist for an underground military research center, in a future where a cold war with China is the reality.  Perhaps, his opinion was; that the film couldn’t hold its own & took an initiative to border on melodrama.  Perhaps, it’s just a miscalculation.  His hand is overplayed & this thing with some actors (Clooney, etc.) who affect a bowing head & false modesty, in an attempt to guarrantee a good performance; can be more than annoying.

The film uses a two-bit concept of; “are our creations superior to us”.  It’s an old sci-fi jangle.  Already used up.  Not worthy.  Yet the film’s cast, including Stephens,  & great cinematography make it a winner.  At least, in my book.

I do recommend the film for viewing.  Stephens, lately of Black Sails, is easy on the eyes & Lotz is fascinating as she tries to portray a robot.

2 responses

  1. Never heard of the film prior to the post, the trailer with a few familiar faces from TV looks nice. visually the trailer looks great