The Screen Room
Ex Machina (2014)
Last night I rewatched a great movie, Ex Machina (2014).
I’d only seen it once before but it’s one of those films that really left an impression on me.
Written and directed by Alex Garland (Annihilation, 28 Days Later), Ex Machina is a sci-fi/thriller starring Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) and Oscar Isaac (X-Men: Apocalypse).
If you haven’t seen it this is what it’s about:
Caleb (Gleason), a programmer at a huge search engine company wins a competition to stay at the isolated mountain home of the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan (Isaac) for a week.
His task during this time is to perform the Turing test (a test to determine a machine’s ability to demonstrate artificial intelligence) on a beautiful A.I. robot called Ava (Vikander) that Nathan has created.
Over the days that follow his arrival, Caleb begins to feel attracted to Ava with her also expressing a romantic interest in him.
Is Ava actually self aware and if so capable of love, or does she have a more sinister agenda?
This is such a great film!
The performances from all the actors involved (and there aren’t many) are excellent, but it’s Oscar Isaac that really stands out.
I don’t tend to buy many movies these days as DVD and Blu-ray seem to be dying out, but I had to buy this this week, if only to just add to my collection.
It’s a must watch for any sci-fi fan.
Here’s a trailer. 👇
Seen it? What do you think? 🤔