Ex Machina

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Ex Machina leans heavier on ideas than effects, but it's still a visually polished piece of work -- and an uncommonly engaging sci-fi feature.

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Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan's latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated--and more deceptive--than the two men could have imagined. (C) A24

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Out of the city, deep in the country and set into a hill (instead of on top of it) is the castle of the young Doctor Frankenstein, a guy who dreams of creating life itself, and thus challenging the very idea of God. Alex Garland pays honorable homage to, as well as beautifully updating, Shelley's famous story of a genius creating life, and this life, being made by hand, is a perfect reflection of its maker. And that's the trouble. Don't miss it.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Alex Garland makes the most of a test with Ex Machina. For an entire 100 minutes, the plot manages to keep a high level of intrigue while playing a mind twist. The pace is moderate, which is fitting for what transpires, and the limited cast makes it easy to build them up. The combination of the isolation factor and the high tech housing make the setting a delight to the eyes. The costumes and visuals also live up to expectations. Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander all share the screen time equally and effectively. The latter makes for an interesting artificial intelligence. Ex Machina makes it as a sci-fi thriller. Take the test and enjoy the ride.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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The direction is a bit predictable and the film goes on for a few minutes past what should be its conclusion (even though I like the last shot), but this is an intelligent sci-fi that offers an amazing production design, impressive visual effects and great food for thought.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

Alex Garland has been a great screenwriter for quite a long time, mostly working with Danny Boyle on some excellent films (28 Days Later, Sunshine) and I'm glad someone gave him the chance to direct something he wrote for once. It has a similar feel to it that his other films have, but this is a great directorial debut for him. It is suspenseful and intriguing all the way through to the end and even though it is science fiction, it is grounded in realism that makes it even scarier to watch. The tech noir soundtrack fits perfectly as well. The performances are solid with the best being Alicia Vikander as the A.I. Ava. Ex Machina evokes themes that are chilling and thought-provoking without being too wordy. If you like your science fiction to be more about ideas than action, Ex Machina is highly recommended.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

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