Ex Machina

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Ex Machina
Genre: Sci-Fi


Starring: Domhnall Gleeson

Alicia Vikander
Oscar Isaac
Sonoya Mizuno

Release Date: April 10, 2015
Country: United States

United Kingdom

Ex Machina is a 2014 science fiction psychological thriller film written and directed by Alex Garland (in his directorial debut) and stars Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac. The film follows a programmer who is invited by his CEO to administer the Turing test to an intelligent humanoid robot.


Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) a programmer at a huge Internet company, wins a contest that enables him to spend a week at the private estate of Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), his firm's brilliant CEO. When he arrives, Caleb learns that he has been chosen to be the human component in a Turing test to determine the capabilities and consciousness of Ava (Alicia Vikander), a beautiful robot. However, it soon becomes evident that Ava is far more self-aware and deceptive than either man imagined.

Why It Rocks

  1. The performances from the actors are beyond amazing, especially Domhnall Gleason and Alicia Vikander.
  2. Lovely, well-thought out plotline and excellent story-development.
  3. Many memorable scenes, such as when Kyoko and Nathan are dancing together.
  4. Likeable, interesting and well-developed characters, such as Caleb and his robot, Ava.
  5. The idea of creating and experimenting on a robot meant to look like a human is very original.
  6. Well-done pacing throughout the entire movie.
  7. A perfect amount of dramatic, serious and funny tones throughout the movie.
  8. Amazing cinematography.
  9. Amazing twist showing Nathan is the true villain of the story and his motivations are pretty original for a sci-fi villain.
  10. Caleb is a very intelligent, well-meaning and interesting main protagonist.
  11. It shows Alex Garland has fantastic skills as a director.
  12. The twist ending where it is revealed that Ava used Caleb to escape is fantastic and very well-thought.


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 92%, based on 235 reviews, with a rating average of 8.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Ex Machina leans heavier on ideas than effects, but it's still a visually polished piece of work —and an uncommonly engaging sci-fi feature." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 78 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".



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