It's the near future. America is in a cold war against China. The major technological advancements are in war--and robotics. The movie begins with a brain damaged soldier interfacing with a computer. He goes berserk and kills everyone in the lab except for the inventor, Vincent (Toby Stephens of BLACK SAILS). Four years later he's working on more advanced robotics and recruits a new assistant, Ava (Caity Lotz), who has developed an artificial intelligence. While exploring her new workplace she encounters one of the soldiers whose brain damage was fixed by a computer--and he tells her that he's a prisoner. She tries to look into it but Vincent tells her to back off because he knows the danger of asking too many questions.
Vincent confides that he's doing his research for the army in order to help his young daughter, who has Reye's Syndrome. When Ava is killed by a Chinese Agent he feels guilty--and puts her artificial intelligence into a new robot body he created. He also gives the robot Ava's face--and some of her memories. This Machine has the fears of Ava, such as spiders--and when she sees a guy dressed as a clown she kills him because she didn't realize that man and clown were the same. So she shuts down.
It's at this point that Vincent has to make a decision and either help this new being he's created or further compromise his beliefs.
This movie is great, one of the most intelligent science-fiction movies I've seen in the past decade. It impressed me far more than the over-blown, over-hyped INTERSTELLAR.