Director: Alex Garland
Cast: Domnhall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno, Corey Johnson
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Age Rating: 15/R
Running Time: 108 Minutes
I finally had the opportunity to sit back and appreciate the genius Artificial Intelligence thriller which hit cinemas earlier this year, and I certainly missed a treat at the cinemas, that is easy to say.
EX MACHINA tells the story of Caleb (Domnhall Gleeson), a young programmer who is selected to be a part of a ground-breaking experience in a mysterious laboratory in the mountains. He has been hand-picked by his reclusive CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac), to analyse the human qualities of a breath-taking female A.I. named Ava (Alicia Vikander). In the process of doing so, Caleb becomes increasingly attached and besotted with Ava and wary of the mysterious Nathan who has programmed her. Will his emotions take over his self-control and will he see more than he bargained for from the latest form of Artificial Intelligence.
This story goes from something fascinating and exciting at first, to becoming a dark and twisted tale of mental and sexual manipulation which truly frightens the viewer by showing us how much one person can really know about the world from hacking databases and search engines. It is also a shockingly intimate story, which addresses the concept of man and machine falling in love (and also exploring a more explicit relationship shall we say).
The depths of Artificial Intelligence are explored in this film, not just by showing the genius behind creating a revolutionary A.I. but also by exposing all of the darkness and dangers behind such an experiment.
Domnhall Gleeson is brilliant as the innocent and compassionate Caleb, putting on a good American accent and once again showing his ability to build chemistry on screen. Alicia Vikander is captivating as Ava and really captured the essence of a machine brilliantly. However, the stand out performance in this film comes from Oscar Isaac who is incredible as the twisted ‘mad scientist’ Nathan, owning the screen every time he graces it.
Overall, EX MACHINA is a ground-breaking Sci-Fi film of 2015, which really gets the viewer thinking to themselves whether machines will take over one day at the hands of some over-eager, experimental scientists.
“There is nothing more human than the will to survive.”
Recommendation: A superb A.I. film which has to be appreciated on the best screen possible and in the greatest of qualities. This film deserves to be purchased, but if you’re lucky, like I was, you can catch it now on Sky Movies!