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Alex Garland’s sci- fi thriller looks amazing. Seriously, I could not take my eyes off this film. The design is wonderful but the film is never hiding behind it’s visual elements. Ex Machina is exploring ideas of intelligence, of the self aware- for both robot and man. Of course the idea of advanced AI isn’t anything new, but this film still feels fresh. At times Ex Machina even has the atmosphere of a horror film, Alex Garland building tension so expertly you just know something’s going to happen and it’s going to be amazing when it does.
When Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a competition to meet the head of the company he works for (Oscar Isaac) things take a strange turn when he is invited to test a piece of AI. As the tension builds towards the final act we’re not quite sure what, or who to believe. You’ll find your self sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next- helped along by Oscar Isaac, whose performance plays up Ex Machina’s sinister mood- there’s something about this film that will give you the creeps. Even Ava (Alicia Vikander), the advanced AI with a pretty face, seems a little too bizarre. Is it just because she’s a robot or is there something more going on? It really is a great film.
Ex Machina pays off in the final act, it has plenty of gruesome twists and disturbing imagery that takes this film to the next level. It is both an awesome science fiction movie and an ‘edge- of- your- seat’ thriller.