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A few years ago, I watched a sci-fi movie, but I forgot the title, and I only remember a few things about it:

  • It takes place in the future.
  • Human things with blades on their hands come out from a giant machine in the ground.
  • They put humans in the machine, and then the humans are transformed into those things.
  • A man tries to save his family.

I hope this is enough information to find the movie title! Sorry for my bad English; I'm not that old and I’m from Germany. Thanks for the answers in advance!

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  • Was the movie in English or German? If it was in English, was it American or from somewhere else? – Moriarty Aug 16 at 3:09
  • Purely for the record, not to be confused with Edward Scissorhands .. ! – Fattie Aug 16 at 11:48
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This is the 2008 Mutant Chronicles as was the answer to Oldish Scfi dystopian horror movie with monsters that have spikes for arms. I'll cannibalize my answer from there.

This is Mutant Chronicles, a greatly panned 2008 adaptation of the RPG by the same name, starring Ron Perlman.

DVD Cover

The story is set in the year 2707. The world is loosely based on that of the Mutant Chronicles role-playing game, where many technologies are steam powered and mankind has exhausted Earth’s natural resources. The protagonists must battle against mutated humans that were accidentally unleashed.

The plot revolves around a "machine" which came from space 10,000 years ago. The "machine" mutates people into barely intelligent killing drones, known as "mutants", that drag new victims to the machine for conversion. Sealed away thousands of years ago by human tribes, the machine is accidentally uncovered during a large battle in Eastern Europe between two of the four corporations that now rule the world. Within six weeks the world is almost completely conquered by the mutant gangs. Some of the population has been evacuated to Mars, but millions remain on the doomed Earth. A group of soldiers are assembled to take another ancient device to the heart of the machine in an attempt to destroy it in a suicide mission. In return, their loved ones receive coveted tickets to Mars.

Indeed, the main hero does go through the machine, but his transformation is partial, and he winds up "saving" Earth by causing the machine to launch into space to another world.

And indeed, part of the transformation is spikes for arms.

mutant spike

And yes, the movie starts with someone trying to save their family by getting them on the evacuation ships.

The trailer shows the initial mutant assault and the evacuation:

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    Of course Ron Perlman and John Malkovich are in it. Where's Jeremy Irons :-p ? – Vincent Vancalbergh Aug 16 at 8:42
  • This is an excellent movie. – AncientSwordRage Aug 16 at 11:44
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    @AncientSwordRage: Hmm... I don't know that I can entirely agree with you on that, but it does have a certain style to it. And it has Ron Perlman, who somehow enhances almost everything he's in. ^_^ – FuzzyBoots Aug 16 at 11:45

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