People are always excited about the latest technical advance. Even though the movies are always showing us how hubris and the follies of men can lead to ruin. Especially with women sometimes. This new British sci-fi movie is no different. I know you're going to say "It's been done before" but not like this I mean this has Caity Lotz in it.
Beautiful, right? If you watch Arrow you already know she can kick some ass too! But like she says in the movie "Besides the flesh what separates us...?"
This time she teams up with Welsh writer and director Caradog W. James. This is only his second feature film after his critically acclaimed 2006 drama "Little White Lies" and it looks like he's only gotten better with this one. Winning Best UK feature at the Raindance film festival and Best sci-fi as well as Best Actress for Caity Lotz at Toronto After Dark.
The synopsis goes like this-
“Britain is in a Cold War with a new enemy, and 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 unrivaled 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.”
Kind of grabs you doesn't it? She certainly has my attention! Apparently I'm not the only one either. The reviews have been good calling it an "Homage to films like the original Terminator and Blade Runner. Here's one I found from the Toronto After Dark film festival by GREG KLYMKIW
"Caradog's electrifying, funny and sexy thriller provides literate dialogue, fleshed-out characters (even within archetypal representations) and super-blistering sequences of action and suspense. He generates terrific performances from the whole cast, but none more inspired than that delivered by Caity Lotz. Damn, the camera loves this sumptuous morsel, but she also renders a cool and complex performance in what amounts to a dual role. Her first scenes she delivers a chilly blankness - not unfriendly or sexy, but she's clearly someone who has her very being locked on scientific discovery. She takes a shine to the A.I., realizing they're living breathing entities that are being exploited, tortured and eventually transformed into killing machines.
Her commitment to the cause becomes so intense and endearing that we're with her one hundred per cent. Once transformed into a walking, talking, ass-kicking babe-o-licious A.I., Loitz displays a sensitivity and warmth of character that exceeds even her "living" persona. Oh yes, and she kills - she kills REAL GOOD!"
I'm definitely excited to see this too!
The film also stars Toby Stephens ('Severance'), Denis Lawson and Sam Hazeldine Check out this trailer. It's been playing the festival circuit here in the states and is tentatively scheduled for a March 2014 release