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When people get captured, they get dragged to some kind of portal. They transform into slaves and have one of their arms become claw-like or weapon-like. They are strong but not very fast.

They also seem to keep dragging stuff used as fuel by the aliens. There is some kind of sewer they drag stuff along.

The hero waits in line, is not recognized and purposefully transforms so he can destroy the portal. I do not recall the hero being a very good person, but in the end he does the right thing.

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    Welcome to the site. When did you watch this film, and roughly when do you think it was made? Also, what did the aliens look like? If you recall any further details, please edit them into your question. Commented Feb 26, 2021 at 3:17
  • Some of the description is vaguely reminiscent of District 9.
    – Lexible
    Commented Feb 27, 2021 at 23:16
  • Sounds like a Dr Who episode. Commented Mar 5, 2021 at 11:20

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The Mutant Chronicles (2008) starring Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, and John Malkovich.

28th century soldier Mitch Hunter leads a fight against an army of underworld Mutants.

I saw this movie on a hotel TV once and have occasionally searched the name I don’t know how many times!

The beginning of the summary on Wikipedia describes the machine changing people:

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.

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  • Hi! Welcome to SF&F.SE. An answer is much more helpful with explanations and/or quotes clarifying why it might be the right answer. I have edited in a bit of information; please feel free to edit further and add more explanation, as I have not seen the movie.
    – Basya
    Commented Mar 19, 2023 at 13:24
  • If so, it will be a duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/166451/…
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Mar 19, 2023 at 13:44

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