The Machine

Synopsis: Two artificial intelligence engineers come together as they work to create the first ever self-aware artificial intelligence. A veteran AI engineer secretly hopes to develop technology to help his diseased daughter, even if it means funding comes from the powerful Ministry of Defence (MoD). His new partner, a young woman gifted in the field of AI, is brought on after her breakthroughs are recognized by the MoD. Things go wrong when the MoD takes over and advances the researchers' work to the next level, teaching the AI to kill and follow MoD instructions with its new and nearly indestructible body.
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Caradog W. James
Production: Xlrator Media
  8 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

Brain damage sustained

on the front lines...

You have to understand...

that Taiwan is part

and parcel of China.

It has always been part of China!

There is no choice between

austerity and growth.

Britain isn't growing fast enough.

The Bank of England must do more.

The security of

the international community,

but also acts against...

with implants to help

battlefield injuries.

This makes simple things

like walking much easier...

for troops who have lost a leg

to battlefield injuries.

That both our great nations...

to invoke the wonders

of artificial intelligence...

ensnared on its terrors.

China's vice foreign minister

is in London for talks.

Great Britain will defend

her allies and her interests...

at home and abroad.


Paul, can you hear me?


Okay, turn the implant on.

Brain implant activated.


Do you know your name?

Do you know what happened?

You're a soldier.

Your name is Paul Dawson.

You were shot in the head,

and your brain is damaged.

We're going to test how well Vincent's

brain implant has repaired that damage.

I want my mum.

Do you know your mother's name...

or what she looked like?



I want you to look

where Lucy hides the ball.

And then I'm going

to ask you some questions.

Lucy can't see us.

Try and imagine what Lucy

will be thinking...

when she comes back in.

Lucy, come back in, please.

Now, if Lucy wants to find the ball,

which cup should she look under?

Will she think it's under "A" or "B"?

"B" of course.

- Why?

- I saw you put it there.

But Lucy didn't see me put it there.

Facts are facts.

They are indeed.

This tech is a dead end.

- Vincent, I want my mum. - You can't throw

away another promising development...

- Where's my mum?

- Just because he lacks empathy.

I'm trying to make

his life worth living.

I'm not working for a charity.

We're weapons researchers. Do not mis...

Hey. Sit down, Paul.

It's okay.

No. No. Don't worry.

Where's my...

No! Paul, no!

Implant code required. System error.

Implant code required. System error.

Please remove hot liquid from table.

Put the gun down!

- I'm sorry.

- Put the gun down now!

The Taiwanese government

has released a statement...

saying that any movement by the Chinese

navy into the Taiwan Strait...

would be considered an act of war.

Tension in the area has increased...

after last month's alleged sinking

of a Taiwanese destroyer...

by the Chinese air force.

Numerous small arms and rocket

attacks continue to be reported.

Dr. Henning.

Orange, are you happier this

year than you were last?

No. The streets are dirty.

The police are useless,

always on strike.

And there's talk of war with China.

Blue, how does war make you feel?

Scared for myself and my family.

Orange, tell me you're a machine,

and I'll believe that you're human.

I'm not.

Tell me that you are,

and you'll pass the test.

I'm not a machine.

You're not making sense.

Orange, which smells better...

a hospital corridor or a donkey's ass?

Donkey ass? What? Can you repeat that?

Blue. I'll take the corridor.

Donkey ass? You're not

making any sense at all.

I'm not a machine.

He made an error. Henning, you

better attend to your computer.

He made an error. How do you

know which one is my computer?

Can you repeat that?

I'm not a machine.

My program is unique because

it integrates information.

Rather than having to process

terabytes of data,

it relies on experience.

What sort of experience?

Our conversations.

We chat together every day.

Okay. Thank you.

I'm going to start

the Turing test now.

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Caradog W. James

Caradog W. James is a Welsh filmmaker best known for The Machine starring Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz and Denis Lawson. James also directed the Bafta Cymru winning Little White Lies and Horror film Don't Knock Twice, starring Katee Sackhoff, Javier Botet, Lucy Boynton, Nick Moran and Richard Mylan. Along with Producer and partner John Giwa-Amu they own Red and Black Films more…

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