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