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.