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A good British sci-fi movie is hard to find, so when one comes along, it has my full undivided attention.

The Machine tell us the story about a near-future scenario where there is a second cold war. Vincent (Toby Stephens), a researcher that is developing a new brain implant technology. While his intentions are to help his daughter, who is suffering from Rett Syndrome, this tech is being tested and in use for military soldiers.

Then Ava (Caity Lotz) comes along and introduces an A.I. that is able to teach itself, making a breakthrough.

Things unravel when there's some kind of conspiracy going on and everything changes when a Chinese soldier kills Ava, sent by the own people she's working for. She is then reborn as The Machine, a super-soldier based on her own A.I. and using the implants developed by Vincent.

There are a few interesting moments during this film, mainly the entire rebirth scene, that doesn't spare a single detail on the entire process.

Morals are also questioned in The Machine, as the A.I. is quite able to replicate human traces, being the first to pass the Turing test. And how balanced is it? Is it more human than... Machine?

While the movie did start off as you typical sci-fi thriller, things did indeed take a turn for the best after the rebirth, with a whole lot more action and kick-assery. The plot thickens and there is a bigger emergency to solve the problems at hand. The hard way, of course.

You would likely to expect that this takes the easy way out and cling on all the clichés known to the genre, but while it doesn't take any of it to the next level, it does make it it's own. Just when you think the movie is going to be bad, it gets even better.

Probably my favorite thing about this movie, aside Caity Lotz's amazing acting and fighting skills, is this feels so much like a modern homage to 70's and 80's sci-fi flicks you could see at a midnight screening. With all the action, the science and that synth soundtrack, I dare you to tell me otherwise.

All in all, a great movie, making me wish this part of The Terminator universe, so we could all forget that Rise of The Machines bullcrap.


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