The Machine wants us to assume many unlikely things, with Bert Kreischer’s global fame being the most improbable. It also wants to be both high stakes as we follow Bert and his father (Mark Hamill) being chased by the mafia and comedic as they make lighthearted jokes along the way. But it never really achieves that balance. Though it looks sleek and high-budgeted, its contents are lopsided and messy, not once hitting the mark on its many targets. Moreover, it's based on a premise so thin, that it loses all credibility midway through the film. After that, it simply becomes a parody of itself. To be sure, there are some noteworthy moments in between, like when Kreischer and Hamill share genuine father-and-son moments, but for the most part, it’s just too overbearing to warrant anyone’s attention.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Actor: Bert Kreischer, Brian Caspe, Dobrila Stojnic, Iva Babić, Jimmy Tatro, Mark Hamill, Martyn Ford, Mercedes De La Cruz, Milena Predić, Nikola Đuričko, Oleg Taktarov, Robert Maaser, Set Sjöstrand, Stephanie Kurtzuba
Director: Peter Atencio