Ex Machina (2014)

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A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.

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  • Domhnall Gleeson in Ex Machina (2014)
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  • Paul Haggis at an event for Ex Machina (2014)
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  • Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson at an event for Ex Machina (2014)
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19 June 2015 | vikesh2206-921-864154
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| Cerebral classic
Alex Garland's directorial debut Ex Machina is a standout sci-fi feature that is both refreshingly original and uncommonly engaging throughout.

Ex Machina's premise is simple enough: an aspiring computer programmer Caleb Smith (Brilliantly portrayed by Domhnall Gleeson) is chosen to visit the CEO of BlueBook, the company he works in in order to conduct a Turing test for an AI droid that the CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) has been working on.

One brilliant aspect in this film is that the audience doesn't know whom to trust even as the secrets start unraveling. This is what keeps the film flowing in the eye of the audience. Each character is flawed to the point where no one can be trusted. The shocking twists are all unexpected and well executed.

All the three main leads in this film gives standout performances in their own respective roles. Domhnall Gleeson delivers a subtle but intriguing performance as Caleb Smith while Oscar Isaac, who plays the eccentric billionaire is as good as ever. The biggest surprise is Available (Alicia Vikander) who delivers an absolutely Astonishing performance as the seductive, unsuspecting and smart android.

Ex Machina isn't an action packed film but never feels boring with its constant tension and intriguing ideas,which includes what it means to be human and the safety of AI. These philosophical questions are complemented by sleek and simple visual effects that never undermine the film.

Overall, Ex Machina is a wonderful debut for Alex Garland, a director to watch for. The film is smart, sleek, sexy and one of the best recent sci-fi films.

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