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Alex Garland’s résumé reads like a laundry list of recent sci-fi and horror cult hits, with screenplay credits including 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), and Dredd (2012). His latest, Ex Machina, may stand to follow that same path of cult adoration – although hopefully for Garland, its box office will follow more in the footsteps of 28 Days Later than those of Dredd. The sparse, character-driven sci-fi film follows Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), an office drone at a major tech company who wins the opportunity to spend a week at the secluded home of his employer, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). Caleb discovers Nathan has recruited him to test the behavior of an android, Ava (Alicia Vikander), that Nathan has developed. As Nathan begins to display a more megalomaniacal side and Ava proves even more emotionally developed than expected, Caleb’s big week with the boss starts to slide unsettlingly south.
Director Garland made his first big »
- Patrick Dunn
Ex Machina, 2015.
Written and Directed by Alex Garland.
A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
Desire, lust, and love are undoubtedly some of the strongest emotions that humans come equipped with, but can artificial intelligence become so sentient that it can experience those feelings too? Ex Machina (the directorial debut from Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine) asks this and many more bold questions that raise so many provocative thoughts about the society we live in today, that it is hard not to call this one of the most intelligent and thought-provoking sci-fi thrillers of the current generation. You could probably go one step further and argue that it is one of the most original films ever made.
- Robert Kojder
It really will be a terrifying end to the world it when artificially intelligent machines choose to rise up and take us over. Until that day, though, we'll have to make due with films like Ex Machina to keep us up late at night staring at our computer while wondering, "Is it watching me back?" Alex Garland, screenwriter of some of the best modern sci-fi has to offer, makes his directorial debut with this terrifying, futuristic thriller that puts the fear of A.I. into you in ways you never even imagined. Intelligent, sleek, and with a small, thermal charge of a cast, Ex Machina is a can't-miss, future classic work of science fiction. That small, thermal charge of a cast begins with Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb, a computer programmer for a social networking site - the future's hottest social, networking site, mind you - who wins a trip to »
- Jeremy Kirk
Ex Machina may not be quite as profound an “ideas” movie as writer-director Alex Garland thinks it is, but I’m willing to cut it some slack for at least taking the shot. Garland’s film is intimate and intensely character-driven, with essentially only three main characters bouncing off each other in a very confined space. The film raises some interesting questions about human emotion, our desire to control it and what happens when we get that control. But most importantly it’s a science-fiction movie, given a wide release and starring some notable actors. It’s refreshing to see a mainstream sci-fi flick that doesn’t follow Hollywood’s Star Wars-on-crack approach, throwing as much money as possible at creating as many explosions and spaceships and eye-popping creatures as possible. For that reason it’s easier to forgive Ex Machina’s shortcomings and celebrate its many strengths.
- Patrick Dunn
It’s hard to find smart, thought-provoking science fiction stories these days, with current trends dictating bigger is better. Writer-Director Alex Garland’s Ex MacHina is small-scale, slow-paced, and breaks no new ground in terms of ideas. Yet thanks to a terrific script, exceptional characterizations, and one super-sexy robot, it’s the best new science fiction film I’ve seen since Under The Skin. Like Garland’s earlier scripts, which gave us fresh takes on the zombie genre (28 Days Later) and the space-flight-to-save-the-earth genre (Sunshine), Ex MacHina takes a familiar sci-fi concept, in this case the replication of human presence via artificial means, and makes it new.
Ex MacHina tells the story of Caleb (geeky Domhnall Gleeson from Unbreakable), a low-ranking worker bee at Bluebook, the world’s “biggest internet search engine”. The film opens with him winning an in-company competition for the opportunity to spend a week at the »
- Tom Stockman
Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina may have opened here in the UK back in January, but over in the States it is gearing up for its wide release this weekend, and distributor A24 has now dropped a brand new U.S. trailer, which you can see right here after the official synopsis…
See Also: Read our Ex Machina review here
Ex MacHina is an intense psychological thriller in which Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, 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, »
- Gary Collinson
Age Of Ultron is about evil AI, and Ex Machina’s about a sentient robot. Ryan explores the link between these and other modern Sf films.
It’s an idea as old as literature itself: a lifeform is created, only for it to behave in a way its maker hadn’t anticipated - and sometimes with fatal consequences.
Writer-director Joss Whedon has drawn attention to the parallels between Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the latest opus in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Whedon’s reading of Marvel comics lore, Bruce Banner and Tony Stark create Ultron - an artificial intelligence intended as a global defence program, but instead turns against the Avengers and humanity in general.
Brought to life by a peformance-captured James Spader, Ultron’s a charismatic example of a recent wave of AI characters in the movies. We’ve seen sentient, mutant »
Domhnall Gleeson has been building himself a rather impressive resume the last couple years -- including roles this year in Ex Machina, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and The Revenant -- and it appears the actor has no plans of slowing down as Variety reports Gleeson is in talks to join the cast of Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation followup, Mena. Directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), Mena centers on Barry Seal (Cruise), a fired Twa pilot who became a major drug smuggler for the Medellin cartel in Central America and was later recruited by the DEA and CIA to provide intelligence for one of the biggest convert operations in the history of the United States, one that nearly brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal. Gleeson joins a cast that includes Cruise, Jayma Mays ("Glee"), and Sarah Wright »
- Jordan Benesh
Director: Angelina Jolie
Running Time: 137 minutes
Based on The New York Times’ bestseller by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken tells the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, an American Olympian forced to fight for survival following a near-fatal plane crash during World War II.
Since Universal originally acquired the rights in 1957 (re-purchasing them in 2011), Zamperini’s story has long been mooted for a big screen adaptation and you can see why. This unbelievable tale of endurance – including an extended stint stranded in shark-infested waters and torture in multiple prisoner of war camps – is difficult to fathom and the film only really scratches the surface of the man’s exceptional life story.
With Angelina Jolie returning to the director’s chair and featuring Ee BAFTA Rising Star Award winner Jack O’Connell in the lead role, this biographical drama merely »
- Mike McCarthy
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, seductive––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined. Ex Machina marks the directorial debut of Alex Garland, the screenwriter behind 28 Days Later, Sunshine and a 2012 Cbm favorite Dredd (the reboot, Not the Stallone flick). The film also stars Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac who will appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December. The clip ends with the »
Now out in limited release where it has been getting some great reviews, a new trailer for the fascinating looking sci-fi feature "Ex Machina" has arrived ahead of its national wide release push this coming Friday. Alex Garland helms the story in which a programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a competition to spend a weekend at the house of a brilliant and reclusive CEO (Oscar Isaac). He soon learns he's been hired to evaluate the CEO's latest experiment in artificial intelligence - an AI in the form of Ava (Alicia Vikander).
- Garth Franklin
Domhnall Gleeson is reportedly in talks to join Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright in Doug Liman's "Mena" at Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Cross Creek. Gary Spinelli penned the script and Brian Grazer, Brian Oliver, Doug Davidson and Tyler Thompson will produce.
The story follows a Twa pilot recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America. Seal finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the U.S., one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and the Iran Contra scandal. [Source: Variety]
Fred Armisen is set to join the cast of the "Zoolander" sequel, the actor announcing the news on his social media accounts which the film's director Ben Stiller later confirmed in a video announcement. No word as yet regarding Armisen's role in the comedy. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
It’s safe to say that it’s shaping up to be a very good year for Domhnall Gleeson, what with the high profile films he’s a part of. He’s in talks to add another to the list, working on a deal to join Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s new drama, Mena. The title refers to Mena, Arkansas, the site of much of the action in the extraordinary life of Barry Seal, the focus of the film. Seal (the role Cruise is playing, naturally) was a pilot for Twa in the 1970s that lost his job when he was caught flying plastic explosives from Miami to Mexico for an anti-Castro group. He subsequently went solo as an aviation consultant, and began a lucrative second career smuggling cannabis and cocaine between South and North America, eventually getting entangled with the notorious Colombian Medellin Cartel. When he was caught, »
You're going to be seeing a lot of Alicia Vikander. That is, if you haven't already. Since making her Hollywood debut three years opposite Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina, the 26-year-old Swedish actress has made 11 movies, more than half of which will have been released in this year alone. In her latest, Ex Machina, Vikander plays an Artificial Intelligence female who befriends a young computer programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) after they're introduced by his mysterious CEO (Oscar Isaac). While most of Vikander's body appears to be a clear plastic shell in the movie, she had to wear a silver mesh body suit and skullcap. "It was very hot that summer," Vikander remembers. »
If a deal closes, Gleeson would join Sarah Wright, who is also on board to join the cast with Doug Liman set to direct. Brian Grazer will produce for his Imagine Entertainment along with Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson as well as Doug Davidson.
Pic is based on the spec by Gary Spinelli and follows Barry Seal, a Twa pilot recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America. Seal finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the U.S., one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal.
Cross Creek will finance the pic. »
- Justin Kroll
Ex Machina is a film for our times. It’s a cautionary tale about the potential future trajectory of artificial intelligence and our fear of it. Computers and robots are facts of life today, but their level of sophistication in 2015 may seem awfully primitive in the future as AI gains more and more footholds. It is entirely logical to fear that computers will outdistance and turn on us. Alex Garland a screenwriter making his feature film directorial debut with this chilling drama creates a world in which these things come to pass. Domhnall Gleeson is a young computer scientist invited […] »
- Anne Brodie
But, in case you aren’t sold simply on the premise of Ex Machina, and the critical buzz of the last few weeks isn’t enough either, the movie would like to take a shot at freaking you out about the general threat of the existence of a true A.I.
Take a look above, and check all the quotes they could put together in order to make you very nervous about the subject.
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, »
- Marc Eastman
Quotes regarding artificial intelligence from technology experts Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and more are featured in the new trailer for A24's Ex Machina, which is now playing in select theaters and will expand to big screens across the U.S. this weekend.
"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 »
- Derek Anderson
Undoubtedly one of the year’s most talked about titles, Alex Garland’s exploratory sci-fi film Ex Machina has been showered with praise since its global release in January. Mining the genre for its traditional tropes of postmodernism, identity and of course, sentient robots, Garland has furnished us with one of the most awe-inspiring cinematic experiences in years. With the film’s U.S. run soon expanding to a wider theatrical release, a brand new trailer has dropped to clue you in on just what you’ve been missing.
Based upon an original idea by Garland, Ex Machina orbits around genius inventor and CEO Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), whose reclusive nature has allowed him to make a phenomenal technological breakthrough. Included in this newest preview is a deeper look into Nathan’s process. Specifically, how he designed and created his beautiful, self-cognisant android Ava (Alicia Vikander). It’s yet another »
- Gem Seddon
Alex Garland‘s directorial debut Ex Machina knocked us out with its combination of provocative writing, impeccable craftsmanship, and detailed performances from Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander. The film has played around the world and is gradually expanding across the United States. Now there’s one more Ex Machina trailer to see, and it’s a […]
The post Watch: Great New ‘Ex Machina’ Trailer Warns of the Arrival of Artificial Intelligence appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
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