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The Machine (2013/Xlrator Blu-ray)

Picture: A- Sound: B Extras: C- Film: A-

In the near future, the arms race has turned into intelligent machines. Vincent is the head scientist who is working with the military on building the perfect A.I. (artificial intelligence) machine with cybernetic bodies for wounded soldiers, but when he finally bridges the gap between man and machine, The Machine has a will of it's own and can no longer be controlled.

In Caradog W. James' The Machine (2013), Vincent is a cutting edge military scientist working on the fully independent cybernetic super soldier, they have the body but now they need a brain, hoping his research will be the cure for his disabled daughter. He is joined with the beautiful scientist Ava who helps him complete the project with her quantum computer brain, but before it could be completed she was assassinated military. And then behind Vincent's back they military weaponizes the Machine with combat skills and weapons training. While Vincent teaches it how to be human, the military only wants to turn it into a weapon, but when the machine gains sentience it starts wanting it's own needs and desire, here comes trouble.

This was a great sci-fi film in the spirit of The Terminator and Ghost In the Shell, of one day killer robots will walk among us. The story is basically why killer robots would come into existence, it's NOT because their program, but humans seek to control them, you can't really blame anyone but yourself when you build a weapon and you lose the trigger. While the of building the robots CGI was awesome, I would of like to see more battle damaged on the robots during the combat scenes because it looked more like invincible super humans fighting humans.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is terrific, sharp and clear, while the lossless DTS-HD (MA) Master Audio 5.1 lossless track may not impress as much, but is consistent and well mixed throughout. Extras include Inside The Machine, behind the scenes, and trailer.

- Ricky Chiang


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