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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Toby Stephens
Caity Lotz.
Directors
Caradog W. James.
Screenwriters
Caradog W. James.
Running Time
90 minutes

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Plot
Vincent (Stephens), a MOD science wonk working on a A.I. super soldier, creates the first fully conscious robot. Flying in the face of his superior's instructions, he makes it in the image of his dead lover (Lotz) and brings himself into conflict with his paymasters.


Review
The Machine

Scientist Toby Stephens works with a humanoid robot which has the face of a murdered colleague. Its reaction to the programme prompts him to question the motives of the dystopian government which has commissioned the creature. Like the similar-in-tone Splice, this essay in cutting-edge science works over the Frankenstein theme for a new age. Writer-director Caradog W. James’ film is ambitious, smart and well-acted, its strongest suit Caity Lotz in a complex, Bride Of Frankenstein-like dual role — she manages to be both inhuman and sympathetic, and her character develops in unexpected ways.


Verdict
Brimming with ideas and laudable ambition, it's well worth a look.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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