2013 was a lackluster year for science fiction. With the release of the film THE MACHINE in 2014, looks like next year will be a whole lot better!
The Machine is a 2013 official selection at the Tribeca film festival. When I first saw the poster for this film, I thought, "Here we go. Another female android film where she spends screen time looking pretty and being a total bore." However, upon viewing the trailer, I was pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong. The Machine seems to be in a class by itself. I decided to research the film a bit more, I found this was considered more independent film than a big science fiction blockbuster. That was shocking news, as with the production quality seemed very high for a film like this.
Three things I noticed when watching this trailer. First, The allure of the female lead. Female leads in anything other than the drama genre have become an endangered species. At least I could tell this is not about some sexed up android that screws everything that walks. This is about a hard core android soldier with a conscience, that is endearing, but also dangerous.
Second, the plot. What I gauged from the trailer is the plot is complex, and full of action and intrigue. I couldn't tell if this female android is the protagonist, or the antagonist. Actually, I can't tell whom is good and whom is evil. Maybe there is a bit of both in everyone perhaps? The fact that I am asking questions is a good sign! Leaving some form of mystery within movie goers is what most movie trailers fail to attempt these days. The trailer scores with leaving you in suspense.
Lastly, seeing unfamiliar faces. Dear goodness, I have been dying for a film that doesn't star Michael Fassbender, Tom Hiddleston or Jennifer Lawrence. They are all fantastic at what they do, but I don't want to see them in every film.
Caity Lotz and Toby Stephens are just the fresh faces I'm looking forward to seeing next year. Caity Lotz is a natural (especially by what I've seen on the TV show Arrow), and I can't say I've seen much of Toby Stephen's work, but I can say that is what makes me more excited to see him shine on the big screen.
Tribeca obviously thought this film was worth it, so why not give it a shot? I mean, in a time where technology runs human lives, "The Machine" shows that technology is only going to advance, and possibly take over. Predicting the future of A.I? Perhaps, I guess we will find out the film is released in 2014!