Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Phasma Ex Machina" (aka "Ghost From the Machine") Reviewed



You know that beautiful lover, has all the elements from symmetry to grace, charm to attraction, and then you climb into bed and it all goes, well, unsatisfying?

Yeah, it's kinda like that.

I waited a long time for this movie to come out on DVD. See the trailer? Cool premise, huh? It had tiny itty bitty moments of true chills and excitement and then it just never came to fruition. It was horribly written, amateur acting, very little sound effects or audio suspense. Even the director seemed confused by what he was making.

It begins with a main character possessed to build this machine, but you have no sense of his passion. You only see him working day and night, but no emotion about it whatsoever and you don't know his motivation until the movie is almost over. It fell super flat!

The concept was great, and I could see the potential for so many seriously emotionally moving moments and super terror, but between the poor directing, acting, and writing, I didn't feel the least bit moved by it at all, even in moments that should have been truly touching. I felt no connection at all.

I give the movie 1-1/2 autumn leaves out of 4. Horrible directing, acting, writing, great concept. If it comes out on Netflix, watch it, but don't go and buy it. Really, once is all you need or want to see it.

Conclusion: Attractive lover, miserable in bed.

6 comments:

  1. Sorry this movie wasn't as good as you thought it would be. Nothing more disappointing than a movie you were excited to see that doesn't live up to its expeditions.

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  2. I know. "The Others" was that way for me too and "Where the Wild Things Are." I am hoping "Woman in Black" is not like that.

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  3. aka "Former Machine Ghost" (LOL!)

    Not to be confused with "Ghost In The Machine" which was a 1993 Karen Allen movie - AND a 1981 album by The Police - AND a term coined by British philosopher Gilbert Ryle in his 1949 book "The Concept of Mind" to describe René Descartes' mind-body dualism philosophy.

    Also not to be confused with the 1967 book "The Ghost In The Machine" by Hungarian author Arthur Koestler.

    (Sheesh, how un-creative, using the same term over and over!)

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  4. I think they had to do it. It was Phasma Ex Machina for a long time and then when it went out to DVD, they realized no one was going to have an idea what it meant, so they loosely translated it. It reminds me of the awful Julie Roberts movie "Dying Young." They wondered why no one went to see it. Who would???

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  5. Yeah, bummer, Barry. I had such high hopes!

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