Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) has been won a contest
gets to spend a week with the reclusive disco dancing megalomaniac owner of
Blue Book (a big search engine company), Nathan (Oscar Isaac). Soon Caleb finds
out the real reason he was
sent is to apply the Turing test to prove whether Ava (Alicia Vikander) is an
artificial intelligence indistinguishable from a human being. Not all
is as it seems as Ava tells him that
Nathan lies and she wants to escape.
Caleb is cut off from the outside world and must decide what to do and
who is telling the truth. Does Ava want
him or is it all part of some game of her making (or Caleb’s making)?
EX MACHINA is the brainchild of writer Alex Garland
makes his feature film directorial debut.
It is an intelligent sci-fi thriller which explores big human questions
about what if an android was made and what would happen if someone did make
such a thing. Would we like the results
of it and would we be able to control the development of an artificial
intelligence? These questions are
wrapped up within a character driven thriller (with a few good twists) making
this the best sci-fi film that Alex Garland has written (even better than 28
DAYS LATER, the flawed SUNSHINE, or even the underrated and underwatched
DREDD). It is an intimate thriller which
could easily be done as a stage play between four to five actors. Oscar Isaac
and Alicia Vikander dominate the movie as they overshadow Domhnall
Gleeson. The music score perfectly
compliments what is going on in the story.
EX MACHINA is an instant sci-fi classic that sci-fi fans should check
out if they want something other than action sci-fi junk food and prefer
something more thought provoking.
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: CREATING EX MACHINA-
minute making-of documentary in five parts which features interviews with cast
and crew mixed with behind-the-scenes footage and film clips
8 Behind-the-Scenes vignettes repeat lot of the
material seen in the making-of documentary:
MAKING AVA, NATHAN’S
WORLD, NEW CONSCIOUSNESS (about the Turing
Test and what might happen if an artificial intelligence passed it), BECOMING AVA,
DIRECTOR ALEX GARLAND (all about his vision
and willing to give the crew freedom to interpret his vision), CAST, MEET AVA,
GOD COMPLEX (Alex Garland compares Nathan to Kurtz in Apocalypse Now), MUSIC OF
AN A.I. (how music played a role in shaping the tension of the story with it
degrading later in the movie)
SXSW Q&A with cast and crew (sixty minutes)
director Alex Garland, the film’s composer, the director of photography, and
actor Oscar Isaac talk about the movie and artificial intelligence. Alex
Garland says Nathan has a human complex
and not a God complex when he created Ava.
Plus the theatrical trailer is shown during the SXSW Q&A.
A code to download and stream a digital ultraviolet
FINAL ANALYSIS: EX MACHINA is an intelligent
that is an instant sci-fi classic and the making-of extras will interest those
who are interested in exploring the themes of the movie and how it was made.
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David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments
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