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Uncanny

Uncanny

Deception by design.Jan. 31, 2015 USA91 Min.
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Mark Webber isDavid Kressen
David Kressen
Lucy Griffiths isJoy Andrews
Joy Andrews

Synopsis

For ten years, inventor David Kressen has lived in seclusion with his inventions, including Adam, a robot with incredible lifelike human qualities. When reporter Joy Andrews is given access to their unconventional facility, she is alternately repelled and attracted to the scientist and his creation. But as Adam exhibits emergent behavior of anger and jealousy towards her, she finds herself increasingly entangled in a web of deception where no one’s motives are easily decipherable.

Uncanny
Uncanny
Original titleUncanny
IMDb Rating6.3 3,764 votes
TMDb Rating6.3 48 votes

(33) comments

  • Sun LuFebruary 8, 2015Reply

    An excellent, sophisticated indie sci-fi film

    Just watched this at the Santa Barbara film festival. Very
    thought-provoking and impressively deep. I’ve been to a couple of film
    festivals (including Sundance, twice), and I can honestly say that this
    is the first sci-fi movie I’ve wanted to immediately watch again. This
    movie will make you think long and hard about the choices that we as a
    society make regarding science, specifically with respect to artificial
    intelligence and robots. The plot constantly held my attention and had
    me on the edge of my seat. The acting and directing choices were
    unusual, compelling, and riveting. I haven’t seen one of the main
    actors (David Rogers) much before, but he was particularly good.

    Bottom line- I would not be surprised if this were to become a sleeper
    hit.

  • jamesanderson389November 3, 2015Reply

    Artificial Intelligence movie for the thinking person

    Im surprised this movie has only one review, so I thought Id better
    chip in. Its not often one sees a movie and is so moved by it, as to
    submit a review, but this one did it for me.

    Its quite a cerebral movie, with preference to dialogue over special
    effects. The film is well directed and the script well written, the
    character arcs are well formed and detailed. I wish more big budget
    movies would be made like this, but I suspect they wouldn’t attract too
    many viewers sadly.

    Anyway if you’re a thinking person and like sci fi / especially
    anything to do with AI, this is a real gem of a find. The story line is
    gripping from start to finish and the attention to detail is just
    superb. All the actors did a great job, and its refreshing to see
    people putting real effort into their craft. The creator of the AI
    entity in this movie is believable and authentic unlike that drunken
    character in Ex Machina – which was that particular movies real
    weakness.

    The twist at the end was shocking and not something I saw coming. A
    real treat and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

  • Stefan BoldisorNovember 3, 2015Reply

    Transhumanism

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  • in1984November 4, 2015Reply

    What if your robot doesn’t know it’s a robot?

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  • jk-692-236394November 5, 2015Reply

    Well done and interesting

    The plot was intriguing in this small flick, and the acting was quite
    good. It took me about 30 min into the movie to start to suspect what
    going on, but I was not trying to figure out the movie. This was a cool
    little sci-fi flick. Nothing earth shattering but well done and
    entertaining. I am glad I watched it. I like the theme of Robots and
    humans. I love the show Real Humans (2012– ) ”Äkta människor” from
    Sweden. In that show they called the Robots, Hubots- best name ever.
    Now it has been remade for the UK/US version, (not nearly as good as
    the Swedish version). Still good. Those shows take the theme of Uncanny
    further.

  • bent-mathiesenNovember 9, 2015Reply

    Interesting, keep you alert

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  • reallyevilboyNovember 10, 2015Reply

    Predictable

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  • HellmantNovember 10, 2015Reply

    A little like ‘EX MACHINA’; just on a much smaller (and lower budget) scale

    ‘UNCANNY’: Four Stars (Out of Five)

    Indie sci-fi flick, about a reporter doing a story on the most advanced
    artificial intelligence unit the world has ever seen; and the scientist
    who created it. A bizarre relationship develops between all three. The
    film stars Mark Webber, Lucy Griffiths, David Clayton Rogers and Rainn
    Wilson. It was directed by Matthew Leutwyler (who also directed such
    indie sci-fi and horror flicks as ‘DEAD & BREAKFAST’ and ‘UNEARTHED’)
    and it was written by Shahin Chandrasoma. The movie is interesting, and
    well made, especially for such a (seemingly) low budget production.

    David Kressen (Webber) was an MIT graduate, at the age of 19. He was
    hired by billionaire Simon Castle (Wilson), upon graduation, and never
    seen or heard from again. Joy Andrews (Griffiths) is a technology
    reporter, who was just given a week’s worth of time to interview David,
    and his most advanced creation; an artificial intelligence named Adam
    (Rogers). Adam is so lifelike, that Joy mistakes him for a human-
    being, upon introduction. As the week goes by, Joy develops feelings
    for David; while Adam also appears to develop feelings for Joy. The
    A.I. becomes very unpredictable, and frightening, because of it.

    When I first started watching this movie, I had severe doubts that I
    would like it; because it seems extremely low-budget, and amateurishly
    made (at first glance). I was happy to find out I was wrong (by the end
    of the film). There’s not a lot of action, or flashy visuals, but it is
    a well written and decently acted movie. I was intrigued, and involved
    in what was going on, all the way to the very end. It kind of reminds
    me (a little) of ‘EX MACHINA’, from earlier this year; just on a much
    smaller (and lower budget) scale.

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  • Peter Pluymers ([email protected])November 11, 2015Reply

    Intriguing and indeed uncanny. Let me put it this way: it’s a demonstration of a new development in the pleasure sector.

    ”This kid the next big thing? Some Asperger’s cousin of yours ready to
    get all Good Will Hunting on coding and change the world?”

    Was ”Ex Machina” according to you the epitome of future technology and
    a demonstration of potential consequences of it, ”Uncanny” is for sure
    a level higher. Not because of the shown interior design or the
    futuristic technologies, but because of the surprising denouement.
    Despite the austere imagery and decidedly lower budget, this film
    managed to captivate me pleasantly. Especially because of the
    interactions between the characters. Ditto as in ”Ex Machina”, the
    number of protagonists is limited, so the focus is on the dialogs.
    Eventually they didn’t end up in a tangle of irrelevant side issues.
    And despite the limited display of high-end technologies, the
    intellectual level was boosted by a series of (for me anyway)
    incomprehensible, technological gibberish such as aerated titanium,
    convert a hemispheric image into a planar representation, chambered
    baths of synthetic hymotrips, proloanaprotiese that demolishes gluten,
    pesinium vibo receptors en proprioceptive information. I’m not an
    engineer. That became clear after a while, because it went over my head
    at certain times.

    It seems that artificial intelligence and robotics are the new, sexy
    hype. During the last year we were bombarded with films which had this
    as a central theme. Besides ”Ex Machina” we were also treated to
    ”Automata”, ”Chappie”, ”Transcendence”, ”The Machine” and ”Her”. Every
    movie demonstrated the dangers that lie in the further development of
    A.I. Should we worry about these self-developing machines getting a
    self-consciousness? And what about certain ethical issues? How will
    these highly intelligent beings operate in our society? And how will
    these artificial individuals react and act towards humans? This latter
    aspect was subtly elaborated in this rather excellent, low-budget film.
    A complex interplay between human individuals and an artificial,eerily
    human-looking robot. What takes place before your eyes, is a
    complicated love triangle with an android whose feelings resemble those
    of humans. With jealousy playing a major role.

    The most striking is obviously the acting performance of David Clayton
    Rogers as Adam, the autonomously operating robot designed by David
    Kressen (Mark Webber). The way he plays Adam is sublime throughout the
    film. He acts in such a way that you’re convinced that he’s truly an
    artificially intelligent being. That puzzled look and the astonishment
    about the way David and Joy respond to him. That lost look while he’s
    scanning all possible feedbacks in his mind, after which a stream of
    words follow as if he’s quoting from a Wikipedia page. His designer
    sometimes exhibits the same characteristics. So you start to wonder if
    he isn’t an android as well. The way he formulated his response whether
    or not joy is pretty for example: Her hair is nice. Good facial
    symmetry. Delicate features. Nice fashion sense. Yes, I do. I think
    she’s pretty.

    And finally there’s Joy (Lucy Griffiths), an intelligent journalist who
    studied robotics (but as far as I understood she didn’t graduate) and
    someone who worked on or designed a game called ”Aquaria 3”. Apparently
    this game was so successful, it wasn’t necessary for her to continue
    her studies. This was the only thing that bothered me. Why was she
    chosen to be the person to write a report about such a highly
    technological issue? Or was there an additional plan specially created
    for her? Anyway, her performance were convincing enough.

    I’m sure many will say this film is as slow as a snail and there’s an
    absence of action and excitement. But the gradual build up, brilliant
    dialogs and subtle interplay of the characters is necessary so that the
    denouement will come as a surprise. Although I had two specific
    outcomes in mind, it still was an intriguing film with a disturbing
    result. Let me end with a slightly humorous remark: I’m sure that Adam
    is the ultimate dream for a woman … a sophisticated
    home-garden-kitchen robot with ”Tarzan” -like features … Well, I
    guess the vision of the future will look appetizing for some.

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  • jackbaumelNovember 15, 2015Reply

    Good Acting Bad Concept

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  • cheesustoastNovember 16, 2015Reply

    Not ex machina – very good B-movie

    This film is probably going to be compared to ex machina because of the
    similar theme. It is a completely different story so do not fear
    repetition if you have seen ex machina.

    I will not reveal any of the story line – I have seen one of the
    reviews on here that does actually indicate part of the storyline. The
    story is quite slow so it is not really a popcorn flick. I do not
    remember ever feeling bored. The story unfolds at a fairly casual rate.

    The acting is good. The characters are intriguing and quite varied. I
    though the lady was actually quite unpleasant and childish (even for
    her age group) but she was not necessarily unbelievable. I am sure
    certain people will empathize with her.

    Just remember that it is a low budget movie with very few actors. Take
    it for what it is but bear in mind that it is probably better than many
    films that had a far higher budget.

  • grahamschatNovember 22, 2015Reply

    So.. which is the robot again ..?

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  • s3276169November 30, 2015Reply

    Almost excellent…..

    Uncanny is one of those very rare movies that quickly and effectively
    engages the viewer.

    This is a slow burn sci fi, there is not an abundance of special
    effects or action. What you get instead is a mostly well written, very
    clever story with a message about deception and surveillance.
    Technology may be amazing but, in the wrong hands, it is not
    necessarily our friend.

    The acting is of a very high standard. Its hard to fault the cast in
    any way. That said, the story which is almost excellent lets the film
    down somewhat in the last five to ten minutes. Its conclusion is a
    little clumsy, whilst the rest of the film is carried with an airy,
    almost effortless, deftness. A more subtle conclusion, would still have
    carried the films message and I suspect, left a more indelible
    impression on the viewer.

    So is Uncanny worth your time? Yes it is. It may be a little flawed but
    this is still a very good film with a very relevant message. Eight out
    of ten from me.

  • tktanseyJanuary 6, 2016Reply

    The point being…?

    That Matthew Leutwyler’s sci-fi chamber piece ”Uncanny” was made 3
    years before Alex Garland’s ”Ex Machina” is interesting. That Leutwyler
    made his film for a fraction of Garland’s budget is admirable. That
    Leutwyler’s plot doesn’t make a lick of sense is a shame.

    Seriously, what was the point?

    ”Uncanny” and ”Ex Machina” share similar story lines: an outsider is
    invited into the high-security lair of a reclusive genius in order to
    interact with and evaluate a new form of artificial intelligence. In
    each case, the outsider and the AI are of different genders and the
    reclusive genius has an agenda. Predictable consequences ensue. But
    where ”Ex Machina” follows these events to their logical conclusion,
    ”Uncanny” gives up on logic entirely for the sake of a surprise ending
    that a) isn’t much of a surprise and b) negates almost everything that
    happened over the preceding 80 minutes.

    On paper, the movie was probably conceived to be an insightful
    meditation on what makes humans humane and robots less so. Thrown in
    for good measure are some thoughts on what can and can’t be controlled
    in sentient beings and whether we as a race are innovating and
    engineering ourselves right into obsolescence. There’s also a bit about
    masters and servants and which are which. All big, important ideas that
    Garland’s film handles with much more style and intelligence.

    Still, it wasn’t ”Ex Machina” I thought about as I watched the film.
    What came to mind more was ”Frankenstein.” The book, not the movie. In
    the book, there’s a relationship between the creator and his creation.
    They’re in this together in the name of science and discovery. But that
    relationship sours when Dr. Frankenstein rejects the monster to be with
    his fiancée. I’m paraphrasing here, but that’s the gist. ”Uncanny”
    seemed to be moving in a similar direction. Actually, the movie was
    moving in exactly that direction. There was even the interesting
    possibility that roles were being reversed.

    Then came the final cryptic ten minutes and it all turned out to be a
    huge waste of time. Adding insult to injury, there’s an end-credits
    scene so nonsensical it’s laugh-out-loud funny. Not, I’m guessing, what
    the filmmakers intended.

    ”Uncanny” isn’t a bad movie, it’s a bad story. The cinematography is
    fine (though the lingering shots of Shiva, the Destroyer, are a bit
    overly), the acting is adequate (if you don’t mind watching Rainn
    Wilson, in a mercifully short cameo, chew scenery), and events move
    along at a fairly brisk pace.

    It’s just that those events simply don’t add up when you get to the
    end.

    Note: One question bothered me as I watched both ”Uncanny” and ”Ex
    Machina”. Why, why, why—if you’re going to build a creature and make it
    both smarter and stronger than yourself—why wouldn’t you include an
    ”off” switch?

  • jtncsmistadJanuary 16, 2016Reply

    ”Uncanny”-The ”Un-Ex Machina”

    From thequickflickcritic.blogspot.com/

    Too often it is not an encouraging signal when I see an army of
    Executive and customary film Producers presented on screen before the
    story even gets underway. However, so many times this is what it takes
    to fund a movie, particularly if it is a modest independent like
    ”Uncanny”. The hope is that it doesn’t wind up being a case of too many
    cooks spoiling the resultant broth. Gratefully, veteran indy Director
    Matthew Leutwyler’s sci-fi fantasy rewards resplendently with this tale
    of a robot behaving ”uncannily” like a human, in what is essentially a
    lower profile version of last year’s much bigger budgeted yet
    underwhelming ”Ex Machina”.

    Lucy Griffiths (HBO’s ”True Blood”) is as naturally talented as she is
    beautiful in the role of Joy, a high-tech magazine writer who is on a
    week-long assignment being introduced to the top-secret inventions
    fashioned in a cutting edge lab known as ”Workspace 18”. She meets and
    comes to know long-cloistered genius David and his most cherished
    ”accomplishment”, Adam (a not-so-subtle Biblical reference), an
    astonishing creation of Artificial Intelligence that, at first,
    completely passes for a man of flesh and blood in her eyes. Joy will
    learn that while Adam’s physical being is one thing, this programmed
    fellow’s emotional WELL-being is a whole different breed of animal.

    Early on in these proceedings, I got the spooky sense that this unusual
    visit was heading inexorably down an ominous road. My hunch was later
    realized as the relationship among the principle characters degenerates
    into a warped and progressively dangerous brand of love triangle. The
    persistent aura of uneasiness was insistently and effectively enhanced
    by the eerily atmospheric score courtesy of Music Director Craig
    Richey.

    In time the only question here becomes how calamitous will be the
    climax? ”Uncanny” ultimately presents a pair of back-to-back twists
    with which to wrestle. Unlike me, you may see one or both of them
    coming. I am of the notion that at least ONE of these predicaments can
    be rectified. But in the end, the beauty of this deliciously unorthodox
    conundrum Leutwyler leaves us with is this:

    The cold conclusion that NONE of us can REALLY know for sure.

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  • sideriteJanuary 17, 2016Reply

    Forever hidden in the shadow of Ex Machina.

    The film’s title is appropriate, since that is the feeling you are
    getting from the movie. Somehow, something is wrong with it, but you
    can’t put your finger on it. The twist at the end was pretty
    predictable as well, but somehow they botched it up with the very last
    scenes. If they change the ending – not in its idea, but its handling –
    the movie gains an instant extra rating point.

    However the biggest harm that anything can do to this film is that it
    was released soon after Ex Machina when they are approaching similar
    subjects. It is not the same thing, but close enough, and clearly not
    as good. I have to think, would I have liked the film in 2014, let’s
    say? And the answer is probably yes. Change the ending scenes, make the
    pace a little more alert, maybe remove some of the slow scenes or some
    of the bad ones (because there are some that are just stupid) and you
    get an instant winner.

    Bottom line: interesting concept, not bad yet mediocre implementation,
    badly written ending scenes. Uncannily close to a good movie.

    P.S. Why do movies try to seem smart with chess analogies, and then
    really botch them completely? Even the weakest chess player in the
    world would instantly see that the people doing the scenes had no idea
    how the game is played.

  • bayxterJanuary 19, 2016Reply

    Good Story – Bad Movie

    I gave this movie a 4, only because the acting is horrible. I loved the
    story, loved the effects, but the acting was a total distraction. What
    kept me watching was curiosity, and Lucy Griffiths. She is totally
    adorable in this movie. I would LOVE to see the movie re-made with a
    higher budget and proved actors. They could even keep Lucy as the main
    character because if she were surrounded by true talent, she would be
    able to raise her game. Mark Webber didn’t need to be a male model, but
    they definitely needed to make his character more attractive to make
    the story more believable. It is still worth watching since it is only
    an hour and 25 minutes. But watch it to appreciate the story, not the
    presentation.

  • Heather BJanuary 22, 2016Reply

    Better than ”Ex Machina” by several Petabyte’s

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  • bmraduxJanuary 26, 2016Reply

    Why compare it to Ex-Machina? 🙂 Here: standalone review

    Is my car faster than yours? Is your phone newer than mine? Is your
    wife better than mine? One of those questions is not only out of line
    and insensible, but makes the questioner a bit of a psycho. Equally
    complex and beautiful entities should not be compared. ”Uncanny” starts
    off with two guys playing chess. Dialogue, acting, cut and soundtrack
    instantly create the atmosphere and draw one in. If a sci-fi can do
    that without fancy concepts explained in words, big motherships and
    fasers it’s worth watching. They manage to do this with the same tools
    throughout the movie. Yes, you know it’s a movie about an AI, and you
    kind of expect it to go berzerk, as they tend to go since Space
    Odyssey; but then again, the robots in Interstellar did not. So will
    this one? The plot twists, turns and evolves while there are several
    occasions you expect the robot to snap. It’s probably the main source
    of maintaining a sense of suspense besides the soundtrack, which fits
    in perfectly. At the same time it lets You keep enough distance to
    remain relaxed and consciously digest the concepts and thought-seeds
    presented. I love this aspect, and few movies manage this magic act of
    balance. My rating is 9/10 because the ending is flawed. It’s flawed
    not because it’s bad. It’s actually quite good. Uuhm… at least one of
    them. The movie has 3 endings. The last one even comes in after the
    credits start. I will never understand why great movies sometimes feel
    the need to throw in all ending ideas the scriptwriter scribbled on a
    paper towel in the first draft. ”Coffe or Tea?” ”Both, and please mix
    them in the same cup!” 🙂

  • ja-karmenFebruary 8, 2016Reply

    wow this film is mind blowing!

    Make sure you watch with attention, and to the very end, and oh, do you
    make it a habit of watching through the credits? This film will leave
    you speechless! If you love SF and want to see something new, something
    not done quite like this before, you’re at the right place! The actors
    did an amazing job as well, very very convincing. 😉 For example, I
    didn’t like the way one of the characters treated the AI. So what if he
    was a robot, wouldn’t he have benefited more if she didn’t treat him
    like one? Like with children with disabilities, I always treat them as
    I treat the children without. As much as possible. They benefit from
    this approach way more and it just feels better! So I would treat an AI
    like this one as a human too. I liked him more than the inventor from
    the start. I was fascinated imagining he was real (like in real life
    lol). He was handsomer too. 😀 If you watch attentively, you will
    notice some hints that will lave you wondering. But I have to admit, I
    totally fell a victim to the illusion. Until that one revealing scene
    at the end, I just couldn’t believe it! 😀 And then that final, very
    last scene, like how!!?? That is just not possible lol. But it is. B-)
    What a brilliant movie! If you search the film later you might find
    some possible explanations on things you missed noticing. Or visit the
    film’s social media page. I read an interview where the director says
    its more a movie for the tech-savvy, but Im not and didn’t feel like it
    was. But it felt real and the fact that those are facts (lol) made it
    even more real I guess. This film is a true refreshment in the world of
    SF and it’s a 10/10 from me!!! And th eEx-Machina everyone keeps
    blabbing about? Pffft, this movie is far better!

  • Adam_West_as_BatdanApril 6, 2016Reply

    Stellar low-budget sci-fi.

    Comparisons with ‘EX MACHINA’ is inevitable, the set up is almost
    identical; 1 scientist has created a shockingly human-like robot and 1
    person is sent to investigate just how life-life the robot actually is.

    But let it be known that in no way is this a rip-off of said movie as
    it was released just 9 days after ‘EX MACHINA’ was… Hardly enough
    time to write a script of this magnitude and cast it as well as this
    was cast etc etc.

    The acting is great (Mark Webber is just one hit-movie away from
    becoming an a-lister I believe, if you’ve seen him in other things you
    know that this performance is very unlike his usual performances, if he
    even has such a thing) and the atmosphere as well.

    The writing is very good for the more part, I was slightly let down by
    the ending though I must admit but I still enjoyed the movie as a whole
    and will most likely watch again sometime.

    If you like low-key up close and personal sci-fi’s then this will most
    certainly do.

  • TdSmth5May 7, 2016Reply

    Great story that needed a bigger budget

    A pretty reporter named Joy is invited to some research facility to
    write about the ground-breaking research there. The facility/company is
    owned by Castle, who doesn’t show up a whole lot. He’s just monitoring
    from a distance.

    Running the facility is a stiff researcher named, what else, David. He
    shows Joy some of the stuff he’s worked on. Mainly bionic body parts.
    He introduces her to his also stiff assistant named, what else, Adam of
    course. Dave insists Joy talk to Adam but she sees no point in it,
    until she learns he’s AI. Now she’s amazed, after all, Adam looks just
    like a regular guy. Joy isn’t just a reporter, she was a robotics PhD
    student but left school before she finished, so she knows a lot about
    robotics and AI. Dave plays chess with Adam on a daily basis trying to
    teach him strategy but Adam struggles.

    When Joy touches Adam’s hand, something awakens in him. He starts
    getting jealous every time he sees Dave and Joy who are getting closer
    and closer. He starts watching porn and one day walks into the restroom
    and bothers Joy. His relationship with Dave becomes more and more
    strained until it reaches the breaking point and at that moment there’s
    a double revelation, which was foreshadowed by talks of Turing tests,
    by discussions of Siva the sleeping god of destruction, by chess games
    where the queen is captured. There’s a bit of deception here, too.

    Uncanny is a thoughtful, well-made, low-budget sci-fi thriller. There
    only three main cast member and few different locations. Still, it
    works. You know that something is coming but the way it turns out isn’t
    quite what you might expect. The closer we get to the resolution the
    clearer though it becomes which way things are going to go. There is a
    creepy implication for the revelation especially for Joy, even more so
    with the credits scene. I have to say though that the revelatory scene
    should have been filmed in a more powerful way, it’s somewhat
    underwhelming. It would also have helped had they added some more
    characters and given us some more settings. Lucy Griffiths is just
    gorgeous though.

    What I found particularly thought-provoking is what would happen if AI
    robots were raised to think of themselves as human, a question also
    posed by Terminator Salvation.

  • michael-3204July 15, 2016Reply

    Atmospheric but dull

    Perhaps in a world without ”Ex Machina,” this subdued, claustrophobic,
    cautionary tale about the boundaries (moral, practical, etc.) of
    artificial intelligence and experiments with the meanings of life might
    have had more impact. Then again, the characters, whether human or
    ostensibly human, just aren’t interesting enough to sustain the running
    time, mainly because the screenplay by Shabin Chandrasoma overloads
    them with exposition and stilted dialogue. The actors do their best to
    overcome this but are ultimately defeated by it. There are some good
    robotics on display and the antiseptic set design and cool, stylish
    cinematography do a good job of setting an appropriately chilly,
    slightly menacing tone. However, it seems like director Matthew
    Leutwyler studied hard at the J. J. Abrams Academy of Lens Flares — a
    little less of that distraction might have helped make this story more
    compelling. The two concluding twists — one of which most people will
    see coming a mile off, the other of which was a surprise to me at a
    point where I was beyond caring — left me thinking that this is
    something of a latter-day ”Twilight Zone” or ”Outer Limits” story that
    would have been better as a one-hour television show. With a little
    more thought and substantially more drama, this might have made a
    decent episode of ”Black Mirror.” As a movie, it doesn’t add much to
    any conversation.

  • Reno RanganJuly 24, 2016Reply

    One more the man versus the robot film, but not bad.

    Probably this is the breakthrough the director was looking for. A
    limited cast low budget science fiction drama. All the faces were
    fresh, I liked them, but should have been a little better. I won’t deny
    that I enjoyed watching it, but I can’t say it is a very clever
    screenplay. Because it was slightly comparable to ‘Ex Machina’, though
    the story derives when we had a conception like ‘what if’. Just like
    ‘Big Stan’ and ‘Get Hard’, though this film was planned before ‘Ex
    Machina’ and sadly released after it.

    The story of a journalist who interviews a scientist who developed an
    advanced AI. A week long interaction and when the final day arrives
    something terrible happens, that’s going to flip the story you had seen
    so far. The whole film was shot inside a large house, there is no
    outside world, except in one scene which takes us to the terrace. I did
    not figure it out the secret, but I kind thought of it, so when it
    happened at the end I was not surprised.

    For a B movie, it is a great quality. If you want to check it out a
    second string films, this is not a bad one to consider. There is no
    major, any impactable graphics to the narration, but in most of the
    crucial section was managed well. So the production quality is much
    better than I expected and so the overall film. Nowadays it is a very
    common for filmmakers to choose the robot theme in drama, but how good
    their film would be is our question and this one passed the test.

    6/10

  • Saarah NAugust 12, 2016Reply

    I would watch this again

    Mind boggling! In the sense that it’s so difficult to imagine, but the
    unforeseen twist near the end explains so much. This is a film I will
    definitely recommend and can talk at great length about. But there is
    so much I cannot say, so as to not ruin your experience. So I will tell
    you what little I can.

    David is a young man, a genius, and he has been cooped up in a huge
    workshop environment. This is where he works on constructing robotics,
    bionics and where he generates scientific research. Ground breaking
    research. So it comes as no surprise that this is a man with many
    secrets. And there are few which are not his to share. He is working
    for Castle, an enigmatic figure who has offered David this opportunity
    to create anything, with anything.

    David is not alone at this workshop, for he has someone with him: Adam.
    He is a strange man, but is he man at all? No, for he’s David’s
    creation- a robot. They get along well: David and Adam, like brothers.
    But then their relationship becomes strained, marked by the arrival of
    an intelligent, beautiful young woman: Joy Andrews. What happens then?
    Can a robot feel anything? Can a robot become human? Believe it or not,
    I have not revealed the whole film. There are more intelligently
    crafted surprises this film has to offer.

    I am not exaggerating when I declare this film was ‘intelligently
    crafted’, if anything that is an understatement. It’s just that when
    the big secret was revealed, so much was explained. All that stuff I
    barely noticed, all those strange occurrences, it was a jigsaw missing
    a vital piece. And at the end, everything slotted into place. This film
    was so well though out, and so brilliantly put together.

    Also, I especially liked the acting, just as well as the dialogue.
    David Clayton Rogers, who plays Adam, was brilliant and his dialogue
    was especially passionate and at times, quite inspiring. And to think
    there are only four characters in this film and only really two
    locations. Amazing! It had me thinking Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, at some
    points. Is the creator and the creation one and the same? Is the
    creation an illusion?

  • Tanya HazeldenSeptember 1, 2016Reply

    Don’t be fooled, this movie is not skin deep

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  • bedencicOctober 6, 2016Reply

    Copy of some movie

    I really tried to watch this movie.

    But after half hour this movie didn’t lead to anything.

    Yeah the story is great, since it is copied from existing movie EX
    MACHINA.

    But rather than that, there is nothing else to it. Directing is
    monotone. Like there where not anymore people than actors and director.
    Had high hopes for this movie, to develop story different from
    previously mentioned movie. But was disappointed very at poor story
    development.

    I’m not movie director or any good of a movie critic. But I think i
    could made up some better story to it.

  • earthsongsterJanuary 12, 2017Reply

    Thought provoking movie about the nature of A.I and emergence

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  • MrFilmicFebruary 1, 2017Reply

    More cerebral than thrilling

    Although well traversed, especially more so since the turn of the
    century, artificial intelligence and its impact on humanity remains one
    of the main Sci-Fi tropes. Android certainly fits into this category,
    well written and well acted for the most part it does however
    ultimately let itself down at the final hurdle, with an ending that
    seems more fitting of a lesser film With shadows of Ex Machina and the
    excellent Westworld TV series, Android tackles the concepts of human vs
    created awareness, with some expected and unexpected consequences. With
    only 4 characters on screen the script is effective and the
    performances are engaging Certainly worth watching and without giving
    anything away, expect to be stimulated cerebrally rather than
    adrenergically!

  • themonkey-4March 20, 2017Reply

    Something is off

    The movie is drawn out, and while it is a low budget, the whole movie
    is paced like the prologue to a story that never shows anything new. To
    make an AI story boring and standard is sad because there is so much
    interesting potential but the movie never dives deep into any of the
    concepts and fails to ignite the audiences attention.

    The actors in this movie are fine, with a few moments that are good or
    very good. I have no serious complaints about any of the characters or
    actors as such. However, the story somehow never lets them do anything
    interesting, every part of their story unfolds at a steady pace without
    bringing anything interesting to the mix.

    The movie needed more intrigue and a faster pace, and the twist the
    movie tries to throw is extremely unremarkable. There are 100 more
    interesting things that could have been done that would have thrown the
    audience for a loop in a satisfying way.

  • JamesMay 7, 2017Reply

    Tensely brilliant, if minimalist

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  • petercafeMay 10, 2017Reply

    Retitled for Australian market as ‘Android’

    For such a modest budget in comparison to The later Alex Garland movie
    ‘Ex Machina’, I found it to be a fantastically, realistic
    interpretation of how a scientist who has been isolated from society
    with such a ”single purpose” focus on such a daunting and complex task,
    may be in actuality. Sure, no ”society destroying, death to humans”
    Skynet, and nowhere near the cinematic beauty or romance of ‘Blade
    Runner’… Instead, a bare bolts, the ”real life” way it would more
    than likely undergo introduction to outside human interaction and
    testing, vision of the creation of such an amazing level of A.I. And a
    great credit to both Matthew Leutwyler and Shahin Chandrasoma.

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