Watch This Old Machine
- 1 hr 23 min
This Old Machine from 2017 is an independent sci-fi thriller starring Lance Henriksen, Kevin Sorbo, and Dee Wallace. The film follows the story of the enigmatic and aging writer, Leo (Henriksen), who has spent his entire life writing, producing and directing films, but now lives his days alone in a large, looming mansion in the Hollywood Hills.
The plot of the movie takes a turn when a young filmmaker, Chris (Christian Oliver), arrives at Leo's mansion with the hope of securing the rights to one of his films. However, when Chris enters the mansion, he finds it to be filled with eccentric and bizarre contraptions, many of them hooked up to a strange and mysterious machine in the basement.
The machine, Leo explains, is his magnum opus â a creation dedicated to archival and reanimation of human memory. As the film progresses, Chris becomes more and more entwined in the unusual world of the mansion and becomes increasingly drawn to Leo's work, which has been a lifelong obsession for him.
The movie is a combination of science fiction, horror, and suspense, and presents a unique take on the idea of memory and the ways in which we preserve and access it. The film is shot primarily within the setting of Leo's mansion, which lends a great deal of atmosphere and tension to the story.
Lance Henriksen gives an excellent performance as the reclusive and enigmatic writer, with a performance that is both sympathetic and unnerving. Kevin Sorbo plays Tom, Leo's old friend and rival, who provides a voice of reason and skepticism to Chris's increasing fascination with Leo's work. Dee Wallace also gives a strong performance as the single-minded and determined agent, whose interest in Leo's work may not be entirely altruistic.
Overall, the film is a visually stunning and tense experience, anchored by some excellent performances and a truly unique and tantalizing story idea. This Old Machine is a must-watch for lovers of sci-fi, suspense, and art-house cinema.
This Old Machine is a 2017 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 23 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 2.1.