Ex Machina – Should I Watch It?
Intro to… Ex Machina
A genius nerd asks a mediocre nerd to talk to his computer programme.
Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is one of the many programmers employed by Bluebook, the most popular search engine in the world. He is also the lucky dog that just won the company lottery and is going to spend a week at the secluded mansion of the company’s CEO Nathan (Oscar Isaac).
One helicopter flight later he arrives at the house where he meets Nathan. They hit it off and Nathan gives Caleb two options: sign a non-disclosure agreement and work with him on something that will revolutionise the world, or do not sign and spend the week getting drunk and having fun. Caleb signs.
Nathan discloses that he has used his search engine software to create a fully functioning artificial intelligence called Ava (Alicia Vikander), and he wants Caleb to test and evaluate her.
Should I Watch It?
Ex Machina is the directorial debut of Alex Garland. The imagery is very reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining. Garland used his writing skills to create a compelling story, and shows off his directing skills by shooting it in this very distinct way. The result is very impressive.
The story is a sci-fi mystery of such. It begins very normal; we have our average Joe winning the lottery and meeting his boss. But as soon as the non-disclosure agreement gets signed, a world of science fiction gets presented. But it never strays too far from reality either. We are far from reaching what has been achieved in the movie, yet at the same time if this technology were to be presented tomorrow, nobody would be that surprised. We know people are working on this, and that gives this story a lot of credibility.
Alicia Vikander does an amazing job portraying Ava. The way she moves and talks is somehow both human- and machinelike. It is very impressive. Dohmnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac also put down solid performances.
Ex Machina is a short but fun movie. It has an interesting story, strong acting, and a fulfilling ending. It uses the popular theme of A.I. but brings a more human element to it. I would definitely recommend this movie.
Yes, watch it.
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