Ex Machina (2015)
Critic Consensus: 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.
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Critic Reviews for Ex Machina
Ex Machina is a disquieting power struggle waged in terms of human weaknesses, refracted through gender.
Ex Machina has a precise visual sheen that evokes David Fincher, and earns the sudden, quiet, powerful scares of his best work.
This is a film of creepy modernity and prescience, as Metropolis was in its time.
[A] methodically absorbing sci-fi drama.
Audience Reviews for Ex Machina
Out of the city, deep in the country and set into a hill (instead of on top of it) is the castle of the young Doctor Frankenstein, a guy who dreams of creating life itself, and thus challenging the very idea of God. Alex Garland pays honorable homage to, as well as beautifully updating, Shelley's famous story of a genius creating life, and this life, being made by hand, is a perfect reflection of its maker. And that's the trouble. Don't miss it.
Alex Garland makes the most of a test with Ex Machina. For an entire 100 minutes, the plot manages to keep a high level of intrigue while playing a mind twist. The pace is moderate, which is fitting for what transpires, and the limited cast makes it easy to build them up. The combination of the isolation factor and the high tech housing make the setting a delight to the eyes. The costumes and visuals also live up to expectations. Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander all share the screen time equally and effectively. The latter makes for an interesting artificial intelligence. Ex Machina makes it as a sci-fi thriller. Take the test and enjoy the ride.
The direction is a bit predictable and the film goes on for a few minutes past what should be its conclusion (even though I like the last shot), but this is an intelligent sci-fi that offers an amazing production design, impressive visual effects and great food for thought.
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