Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ex Machina (2015)

Director: Alex Garland. Cast: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac. 108 min. Rated R. UK. Sci-fi/Thriller.

With Her, Transcendence, InterstellarChappie, this movie, and upcoming Avengers and Terminator sequels, artificial intelligence cinema (mostly warning of its dangers) is becoming the era's sub-genre on its own. A coding expert wins a lottery and is invited to a far-off compound to perform the Turing test on a crazed genius' newly-constructed "female" robot, to determine whether he has created a sentient A.I - with thriller-horror aftermaths. Similar to Her, sexuality plays major role in the process (makes sense), but if you've already seen that other more over-arching film, Ex Machina's themes probably won't come as much of a shock.

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