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Stripping his sci-fi remit back down to basics after the high-profile excesses of Dredd, Alex Garland makes his long-awaited directorial debut with the taut, intimate Ex Machina. A high-concept AI thriller told like a chamber play, Garland's script puts the focus heavily on his powerhouse young cast, their loaded interactions posing questions that are as frequently emotional as existential.
Domhnall Gleeson, who after Frank is becoming known as the everyman thrust into a brave new world, plays a meek young software engineer selected in a competition to take part in a groundbreaking robotics experiment. Transported by helicopter to a remote, sleekly futuristic compound, Caleb is enlisted by reclusive genius Nathan (Oscar Isaac) to test the limitations of a remarkable new AI crafted in the shape of a young woman, »
Following the featurette released last month, the first clip has debuted from A24 Films' Ex Machina. This intense psychological thriller centers on Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, who wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company's reclusive CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava (Alicia Vikander). Truths, emotions and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava and Nathan intensifies.
Caleb's job is to perform a "Turing Test" (named after The Imitation Game subject Alan Turing) on Ava, to determine whether or not this A.I. being has actual consciousness. Alex Garland, who has written films such as 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd 3D, makes »
2 items from 2015
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