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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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Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan's latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated--and more deceptive--than the two men could have imagined. (C) A24

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Oscar Isaac
as Nathan Bateman
Domhnall Gleeson
as Caleb Smith
Chelsea Li
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All Critics (265) | Top Critics (53)

Ex Machina is a disquieting power struggle waged in terms of human weaknesses, refracted through gender.

November 10, 2015

Ex Machina has a precise visual sheen that evokes David Fincher, and earns the sudden, quiet, powerful scares of his best work.

October 14, 2015 | Full Review…

This is a film of creepy modernity and prescience, as Metropolis was in its time.

May 7, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Ex Machina is the best movie I've seen all year.

April 25, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

[A] methodically absorbing sci-fi drama.

April 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/4

Garland's primary concern is his flesh-and-blood characters, even though they are not nearly as showy (or beautiful) as his main attraction, the vulnerable, delicate girl with a heart of steel and wires.

April 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/4

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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