THE MACHINE | DVD REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

We have received a few DVDs of late that have fallen below par, they have been straight to DVD releases and have looked very B-Grade and my motivation to review them has been quite low. Then along came one called THE MACHINE and it was B-Grade science fiction and I was groaning, but I put it on and discovered straight away it was starring Caity Lotz, from Arrow, I love Arrow, and she is ballzy and has some nice martial arts moves. I then discovered one of the best B-Grade science fiction movies of the last many years and considering the low budget, they worked miracles and presented an enjoyable science fiction film that turned into a great Friday night review. And with thanks to the lovely peeps at EAGLE ENTERTAINMENT we are giving away 3X copies on DVD and 3X copies on BLU RAY. See after the review to see how you can win. THE MACHINE is rated MA15+, releases April 23rd and runs for 87mins. If you miss out on winning a copy – you can purchase them from HERE.

 

THE MACHINE IMAGE, DVD COVER
THE MACHINE | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | DVD COVER

 

REVIEW BY JASON KING 

Set in the near future and with the world plunged into another cold war; Britain’s Ministry of Defense is on the verge of developing a robotic soldier. This soldier, called The Machine, looks and sounds human, but has the strength, speed, and ruthlessness beyond that of any living person. The project is near completion when a bug in the programming, a side effect of it being too close to human coding, causes the prototype to destroy the lab and everyone in its path in spectacularly violent fashion. Undeterred by this setback, lead scientist Vincent McCarthy enlists the help of an artificial intelligence expert to help him harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine.

 

THE MACHINE IMAGE, AVA (CAITY LOTZ)
THE MACHINE | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | AVA (CAITY LOTZ)

 

Think of this as a fan made B-Grade prequel to Blade Runner and you are on the right track, kind of like Prometheus with a low budget. It’s kind of related but not really and shares some themes. Due to the budget it never really leaves the small world it encompasses, even though it is dealing with an international issue and the need for these robots is as a weapon to give an advantage in the cold war taking place. But where the film does take place, in the super secret military base, things are all done superbly. The film has a huge amount of special effects which all look top notch and the action sequences are superb. It totally helps that Lotz is an ex dancer who has to have some martial arts experience but when you think about it, she just does choreography brilliantly and as a female “terminator” she is pretty lethal, and as the straight gents out there will agree, stunning to look at.

But what I truly love about the film is the analysis the human nature surrounding AI and the rights due or granted to AI, looking into procreation and creationism, and the true nature of man’s own inhumanity when reverting to its base nature of pure selfishness, pretty spot on. They do a damn good job of this side of things. Of course there is your evil corrupt bureaucrat that screws everything up and diverts from the path the film should take. Then the film does what you expect it to do and brings out crap loads of guns and weapons but this is where the action takes centre and lots of things get blown up and Ava gets to beat the shit out of pretty much everything. 🙂

 

THE MACHINE IMAGE } AVA (CAITY LOTZ) HIGH KICKING
THE MACHINE | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | AVA (CAITY LOTZ)

 

Vincent (Toby Stephens) has his own motives, he wants to perfect the AI and will work with anyone to do it so he can work towards a cure for his terminally ill child. But then the military is the military and they must only think of weapons. Then there is the other scientist Ava, who is just damned good at it and is selected to assist in moving the cause forward. As you can see in the trailer and the pictures for this article, things do not go Ava’s way and she ends up becoming the AI.

Lotz is just great, she looks the part, she plays the part, she aims for no awards but she deserves them. Her physical prowess is amazing and she does the confused cybernetic discovering its own intelligence and “humanity” in a crash course way, just understanding basic emotion and logic would border on impossible for anything not human, if me and my cat can’t understand each other, robots that can understand humans is a LONG way off. And after all that, it is just damn sexy having hot chicks beat guys up 🙂

 

THE MACHINE IMAGE, AVA (CAITY LOTZ) THROWS A MAN
THE MACHINE | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | AVA (CAITY LOTZ)

 

The film wins for me because of the action choreography, the special effects and the fact it embraces the fact that it is a B-Grade film, it never fails in this because it never aims to be a film like Terminator with larger budgets than small countries. I also like the way it does raise some philosophical points similar to I, Robot, AI, and that robot one with Robin Williams, Bicentennial Man?

There are many worse films than this in cinemas at the moment. If you like some Doctor Who and B-Grade science fiction I think you will also like this one. Let me put it this way – it is rated 82% on Rotten Tomatoes – compare this to TRANSCENDENCE sitting on 19% 🙂 THE MACHINE was made for about 1/20th the budget.

Suss it out for yourself!! And also check out their fantastic WEBSITE, deserving a great science fiction movie. And finally, enter the competition!!

 

3 and a Half Pops

 

 

With special thanks to EAGLE ENTERTAINMENT to win one of the 3x copies of the DVD of THE MACHINE or 3X copies of the BLU RAY of THE MACHINE you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer to the following question:

What is your favourite ROBOT film and why?  Please also end your entry with preference for Blu Ray or DVD.

If you do not have Facebook and Twitter then get with the times old timer haha – You can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jkdigitaldesigns@gmail.com telling me you don’t have social media 

Prizes will be awarded based on skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.

The prizes will be sent in the next week or two. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.