'The Red Machine' a thrilling puzzle

Are you looking for a break from end of term work this week?

Then consider this week’s addition to the Guelcher Film Series, “The Red Machine.”

Directed by Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm, “The Red Machine” is a story of espionage set in 1935 during the Great Depression. It chronicles the adventure of a military officer and a thief, Eddie Doyle (Donal Thomas-Capello), who, despite his great skill in pilfering, has never pulled off a job like this.

Doyle is recruited by a severe, taciturn Navy lieutenant by the name of F. Ellis Coburn (Lee Perkins) to steal Japan’s new cipher machine from a Japanese couple involved with the military and staying in an apartment in Washington D.C.

Called simply “Red,” the machine is keeping the United States from eavesdropping on military transmissions and stopping them from understanding what they’re hearing.

But it seems the job isn’t that simple. The unlikely duo has to get in, learn the machine inside and out and slip away without the Japanese noticing. After all, learning about the cipher wouldn’t help anyone if the Japanese changed it immediately after the discovery.

However, there may be more to this job than meets the eye. Could there be a malicious puppet master behind the scenes?

This film should especially appeal to those who love a good puzzle.

It promises to be fast-paced, if the trailer is any indication.

“The Red Machine” shows in the PAC at 2:15 and 7:15 p.m. The Brew and View will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for Mercyhurst students with their ID.