Film Review: Ex Machina

Written and Directed by: Alex Garland
Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander and Sonoya Mizuno

What Is ‘Ex Machina’ About?

Keeping it spoiler free… Caleb, a programmer who works for a company bearing a blatant resemblance to ‘Google’, wins the opportunity to spend a week in the very remote and luxurious home of the company founder: Nathan.
What transpires is that Nathan, an eccentric genius, has secretly built a robot with artificial intelligence and he wants Caleb to act as the human component in a test known as the Turing Test – a process which proves whether or not a machine possesses true AI.

Why Did I Watch ‘Ex Machina’?

Alex Garland is the writer behind The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Dredd (screenplay) and is said to be writing the screenplay for the new Halo movie. Thank you IMDB!
There was a lot of hype surrounding Garland’s directorial debut ‘Ex Machina’. The trailers didn’t give too much away and the plot looked interesting.

What I Liked About ‘Ex Machina’

Almost everything. This movie looks great. It’s brilliantly shot, acted very well and the story is solid. Also, when you consider that this is a directorial debut everything you see on screen becomes even more impressive.
This is right up my alley. It explores the ethics of scientific discovery, delves into the flaws of humans and debates our place in the future… All really good stuff. All very well written.

What I Didn’t Like About ‘Ex Machina’

The ending of this film has a (kind of) major issue with it. I won’t ruin that for anyone, but if you think about it you’ll then struggle to dismiss it logically.

Good Or Bad?

Was this film any good? Yes. Great. Loved it!
Would I reccomend it? Yes, absolutely.
Would I watch it again? Definitely, I’ve already watched it twice and will probably watch it again soon.



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