There were several sci-fi movies that came out in 2013 now cropping up on NETFLIX and other platforms. One of the most critically acclaimed was THE MACHINE. In this one an inventor is screening people for intelligence and being able to make better machines because his daughter is dying. The idea here is to either find a cure or find a way to get her brain into a machine. So you know…this is sci-fi and the machine or robot is getting the nod. Only of course we have an evil head of a company that wants to turn his latest invention into a killing machine. In the course of this film it really is hard to figure out who the heck we are supposed to be rooting for. The robots are going to be the future, man is the past, but we kind feel sorry for the robots…it’s basically stressing me out. We do have some really good news though. Black Canary from ARROW is in this thing and she’s basically the reason this movie really goes anywhere.
Toby Stephens (BLACK SAILS) does a pretty standard job as the complex and often arrogant and unlikable inventor Vincent. This movie isn’t without its action and its share of philosophical challenges but ultimately it’s nothing we haven’t seen ala I ROBOT or TERMINATOR SALVATION. Overall I have to give this one a decent score for Caity Lotz performance but don’t go running to the nearest NETFLIX account to see what all the fuss is about. If you watch it expecting a masterpiece, you will likely be disappointed.
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