The new science fiction thriller from writer/director Caradog James, The Machine, is scheduled to make its debut as part of the midnight series at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The movie definitely skews toward the darker, gritty side of the genre, a fact that is on full display in this eerie new clip and collection of stills from the film.
The Machine is set in a bleak future, engulfed by poverty, and plunged into a new, seemingly endless Cold War. It seems that Britain’s Ministry of Defense, however, has developed something of a game changer, a new weapon that promises to shift the balance of power. Scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens, Die Another Day) creates “The Machine,” the most advanced android the world has ever laid eyes on. Looks just like people.
Because this is vaguely dystopian sci-fi we’re talking about here, you know things aren’t going to go smoothly. A prototype runs amok, due to a programming error, and wrecks up McCarthy’s (not exactly subtle, is it) lab, and he is compelled to enlist the help of Ava (Caity Lotz, The Pact), an artificial intelligence expert, to help even things out.
There’s grim potential in this set up, which is basically a retelling of the Frankenstein legend, the creator who’s creation doesn’t conform to his preconceived standards. Nothing groundbreaking here, but put that in a dystopian setting and insert some genre themes, and The Machine could a nice, noir/horror leaning sci-fi effort. These images and this clip certainly make it look like that way.
So far there’s no word on when or where you may be able to lay eyes on The Machine outside of Tribeca, but we’ll keep you posted.