The Machine Breathes New Life Into Our Eventual Destruction
It may be that my brain meats have been shaped by science fiction more than science fact, but I truly believe that there will come a day when machines wise up and try to end us. It would seem that writer and director Caradog W. James agrees and adds The Machine to a long list of movies warning us of the dangers of artificial intelligence becoming too smart.
Britain is in a Cold War with a new enemy, the Ministry of Defense is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation, ‘The Machine’- an android with unrivalled physical and processing skills. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab, McCarthy enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava (Caity Lotz) to help him harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine.
I love the noir feel of the trailer that mixes the best parts of Blade Runner and the original Terminator. Caity Lotz is incredibly creepy as the machine. Those contacts and that voice will give me nightmares for ages.
As good as this looks, the one thing that stands out to me more and more with the sci fi movies these days is that our future seems to be devoid of minorities. Clearly, this must be an alternative reality because in the really real world, the population is just getting more and more diverse. Granted, this film takes place in Britain which has never touted it’s diversity as much as we have here in the good ol’ U-Melting-Pot-S-of-A. But my impression is that in general, the world is trending towards more diversity, not less.
Still, it looks like an interesting take on a familiar theme. And it’s certainly better than the last Terminator flick. Bleh.
The film drops March 2014. Check the facebook page for more info.