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Ex Machina (2015)

108 Min.
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In a nutshell... A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.

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Why It Makes My List

Science Fiction that takes place far in the future or that involves aliens and space travel rarely engages me fully. Ex Machina is a good example of the genre that approximates the here and now, playing on our fear of what might happen in our lifetime. Like so many Sci-Fi films, it shows how artificial intelligence and online surveillance might threaten us.  More interestingly, the movie explores our anxieties about the authenticity of human interaction and the real motivations of others. Human weakness, corporate power and gender politics all feature in the conflict between the main characters.

The way a Sci-Fi movie treats social and philosophical issues is more important than its speculative depiction of technology. In my view Ex Machina does this better than most.

Other Reasons To Watch

Director Alex Garland succeeds in building suspense throughout Ex Machina with a growing sense of threat, punctuated by well-timed bursts of action. He also provides occasional, temporary relief from the tension with moments that are as entertaining as they are disturbing.

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Alicia Vikander portrays Ava with tremendous precision to be so beguiling and yet not quite human. Oscar Isaac as Nathan, a sinister and sometimes oafish genius, continues his run of excellent performances too.
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An atmospheric score, clinical cinematography, understated production design and immaculate visual effects combine to draw us into the events that take place in a luxurious, isolated complex. Ex Machina invokes an eerie feeling that's likely to linger long after the closing credits.
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Reason To Pass
Reason To Pass

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Some Sci-Fi aficionados think that Ex Machina is too predictable, saying nothing new about artificial intelligence and resorting to stereotypes such as the eccentric billionaire and the deferential protégé.

Don't Watch If...

You always wonder why creators of artificially intelligent machines in Sci-Fi never build in an OFF button.

  • I saw Ex Machina on Netflix not too long ago. AI has always interested me so it was naturally something I would eventually watch. TBH I am surprised I did not see it when it came out at the theaters but for some reason I skipped it. This is one weird movie. The brilliant inventor guy living totally out in the middle of nowhere was interesting. And his relationship with his creations was also interesting. Overall I am glad I got the chance to see it on Netflix.

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Last Checked: 13/05/2017
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Director Alex Garland

Starring Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac

Genres Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery