A scientist builds a sentient machine modeled after his dead co-worker. The machine soon proves to be better than imagined, and the military try to swoop it away for their own nefarious purposes.
Sounds familiar? It should, because the basic premise of the Machine has been done dozens of times before in similar-themed movies. The drama of a creation longing to be wholly human? The replicants of Blade Runner did that and even they copied from Frankenstein. Superintelligent AI that tries too hard? 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL did it before it was cool. Indestructible robot human lookalikes built for the military? James Cameron practically invented that doing Terminator.
My point? You don’t need an original plot to make a good entertaining movie. And that’s exactly what The Machine is. A good entertaining movie. Sure, it deals with heavy topics as human experimentation and free will, but only lightly. The action and good-looking robotwoman take front stage and soak up all the attention. At least, that’s what happened to me.
Sure, there are some minor plotholes, and sure, everything happens so fast in the movie (a period of weeks is just a few scenes long) that I sometimes got a bit disoriented, but I was almost instantly hooked again as the story progresses. We are treated to some nice special effects, some fast fighting action, a seriously cool vintage Vangelis-sounding soundtrack and one hell of a goodlooking robot. Did I already mention I liked the robotlady?
All in all I enjoyed The Machine. The acting was decent, the story was good albeit not really original, the special effects were nice and I thouroughly enjoyed seeing Dennis Lawson (Wedge from Star Wars!) as the villain. Well worth the watch, and in time even worth a rewatch!