Written and Directed by Alex Garland
Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander
Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).
Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.
Ex Machina is easily one of the best SciFi movies of 2015 with the sometimes creepy yet smart tale about how artificial intelligence and madness mix to become a sleeper hit. Outstanding performances by the cast and stellar direction by Alex Garland make this film worth seeing when it’s released in theaters later this spring.
Rated R | 110 Minutes