‘The Machine’ – Film Thoughts/Review

UK Release: March 21st 2014 (Released on DVD March 31st 2014)

When having a low budget (here less then £1million), it is always hard to try and make a Sci-Fi film, let alone having limited locations and resources to make something dynamic. ‘THE MACHINE’ a British Science-Fiction film in which two scientists of Toby Stephens and Caity Lotz work on new artificial intelligence, surprisingly works. Directed and wrote by new comer Caradog W. James this is a surprisingly stylish piece. Brimming with some rather interesting ideas, and a visual ambition (most of the effects are practical and work very well) the film really does have a understanding of its Science Fiction groundwork. With some rather terrific performances from Toby Stephens and more so Caity Lotz (here having some strange energy of old school Hollywood starlet and ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ vain) this is a very good and tight British film. There is some noticeable plot points from old school Sci-Fi, but it certainly embraces it genre plot points with its own, personal mythic. It might not revolutionise anything much, but this is (particularly if you’re a fan of Sci-Fi or British cinema) worth discovering. It also shows Caradog W. James is an emerging talent worth your attention.

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