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Director: Matthew Vaughn; Screenwriters: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman; Starring:Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill, Samantha Womack; Running time: 128 mins; Certificate: 15
'Colin Firth vs Scum'. In an alternate reality, we'd like to think this movie was given that iconic title. Especially as its most joyous scene involves the former Mr Darcy tackling a pub full of rampaging thugs armed with just an umbrella – and without even one of his immaculately groomed hairs coming out of place or a single expletive emitting from lips that wouldn't scowl if you offered them a blank cheque. The Firth doesn't do disheveled or uncivilised, for as we learn from his character - 'manners maketh man'.
We also discover that the creative forces behind Kick-Ass maketh another belter that puts a dynamic twist on a well-worn genre. Boasting immense performances from Firth as an aristocratic agent and »
It’s rare these days to find a sci-fi that doesn’t bog you down in condescending exposition for the first half an hour, boring you senseless with background and character history to the point that you’re unlikely to care all that much when the story proper kicks in. Last year’s Lucy was a prime example of this: the movie kept explaining its ridiculous plot to you despite the fact that no-one’s ever gone into a Luc Besson movie expecting complex, intelligent storytelling. 2014′s other sci-fi starring Scarlett Johansson, Under The Skin, however, is a masterclass in understatement and trusting the audience to comprehend the story without it being spoon-fed to them.
I say all this because, thankfully, Ex Machina is much closer to the latter than the former in its storytelling. Though there is a lot more dialogue. »
- Mark Allen
There’s nothing fresh or even usefully true in its cartoonish dichotomy about men, but this pseudo-sf flick will expound upon it with pretentious tedium. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big science fiction geek
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There’s a moment, Ex Machina’s big visual smack in the face, in which writer-director Alex Garland, probably unwittingly, reveals his hand. It’s imagery that, I would be utterly unsurprised to learn, was something that popped into his head disconnected from anything else, imagery he deemed so cool, so you-guys-gotta-see-this!, that he set himself then and there to building a story around it. I’m not, of course, going to spoil what this moment consists of, but suffice to say that it could have just as readily been slotted into a story about a serial killer. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director: Alex Garland
Running Times: 108 minutes
Synopis: Caleb (Gleeson), a computer coder, wins a work lottery. The prize? A week with company head, and recluse, Nathan (Isaac) who wants him to test his latest invention, an embodied artificial intelligence known as Ava (Vikander).
2015 film has started off strong, The Theroy Of Everything, and Birdman have had audiences captivated since their New Year’s Day release, and now in week four comes another spark of brilliance from EX_MACHINA. Finally amongst all the remakes and reboots, sequels and prequels, comes a truly original story. Written by Alex Garland, the scribe responsible for 28 Days Later, Sunshine. The Beach and Dredd, EX_MACHINA is a beautifully thought-out tense philosophical thriller that will keep the grey-matter engaged for the duration. The title is clearly inspired by the latin phrase ‘Deus Ex Machina’ which translates roughly to »
- Kat Smith
Alex Garland's taut, tense directorial debut Ex Machina is many things: it's a claustrophobic thriller, a high-concept science fiction story, a character-driven chamber play, an exploration of the possibilities of artificial intelligence and a treatise on human consciousness.
It's also breathlessly entertaining, representing a very smooth transition to directing for veteran writer-producer Garland, whose past CV highlights include Danny Boyle's Sunshine, Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation Never Let Me Go and 2012's good-against-the-odds Dredd reboot.
The film is essentially a three-hander - with another key character coming into play later on - centred on everyman programmer Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), who is selected to take part in a groundbreaking artificial intelligence experiment. The AI in question is Ava (Alicia Vikander), created by the reclusive Nathan (Oscar Isaac) to be the world's first genuinely conscious machine.
Digital Spy sat down with Garland, Vikander and Gleeson to discuss how Ex Machina came to be, »
After providing scripts for the likes of 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Dredd, novelist Alex Garland is adding director to his resume with Ex Machina, a stylish sci-fi thriller which tackles some well worn ideas in an extremely smart and creepy way. Almost a year before they the screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Domhnail Gleeson and Oscar Isacc team up as Caleb, a coder working for major search engine Bluebook, and Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. Summoned to Nathan's remote mountain home under the pretense of winning the staff lottery to spend a week with the boss, Caleb soon discovers he has been chosen as the human component in a Turing test to establish if a computer, in this case A.I. robot Ava (Alicia Vikander), can pass as a human being. What follows is a week of tests where it becomes increasingly harder for Caleb to figure out who, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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.
28 Days Later and Sunshine‘s Alex Garland moves from the writer’s desk to the director’s chair with his debut effort Ex Machina. Garland shows his ability to pen a believable science fiction tale, while still showing off directorial flair with a beautiful and claustrophobic style. Sadly though, outside of one or two moments, Ex Machina‘s whole isn’t as good as the sum of its parts. Like Ava herself, Ex Machina doesn’t feel complete.
Garland has made a smart play by taking on a small production for his first endeavour. Rather than hire a cast of a dozen characters with multiple locations, Ex Machina »
- Luke Owen
Alex Garland made his name writing about humans searching for the perfect idyll. His 1996 debut novel "The Beach," about backpackers searching for an Earthly paradise, was an international bestseller and later a Danny Boyle film. He subsequently wrote two screenplays for the British director — "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine," then chased down the rights to adapt Kazuo Ishiguro’s dystopian alternative reality tale "Never Let Me Go." His reboot of "Judge Dredd" in 2012 was set in a future where mind readers and technology allow individuals to make judicial decisions. In all these works, the biggest obstacle involves flawed moral codes. With his excellent directorial debut "Ex Machina," Garland takes all the elements of these writings and breaks them down to a challenge between man and machine. The simple premise is that a computer geek is asked if he believes a machine has passed The Turing Test. (Anyone wanting an intro to. »
- Kaleem Aftab
After giving new life to the zombie and space opera genres with the Danny Boyle-directed duo of “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine” and devastatingly adapting Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go” for Mark Romanek, it seemed inevitable that screenwriter Alex Garland would eventually find his way into the director’s chair (especially after those rumors that he took over from credited helmer Pete Travis in the editing room of “Dredd,” which he also wrote). What was less inevitable is that Garland’s directorial debut “Ex Machina” would be any good: if the film fell flat, he’d be far from the first scribe to unsuccessfully attempt directing. As such, it’s extremely pleasurable to report that the picture is a triumph: it's arguably Garland’s tightest and most fascinating screenplay to date, brought to life with meticulous filmmaking and sensational performances. It's the first great film of 2015. Like his earlier work, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Alex Garland has become known for some pretty great sci-fi screenplays, such as 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd. So it seems only natural that he would eventually direct one of his own works. Ex_Machina has some great elements, such as a beautiful location, top-notch production design, and (at least at first) an interesting concept; but sadly, what begins as an examination of artificial intelligence becomes a cliché of sexual desire and jealousy. I wanted to like this film, and kept hoping that Garland would find his way back after it started to come apart at the mid-way point. And it isn't necessarily the directing that is the problem, but perhaps it was a mistake for Garland to take on both writing and directing. It is...
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Garland, who penned the novel on which Danny Boyle's "The Beach" was based, has built up a solid resume over the past decade - penning the scripts for "28 Days Later," "Sunshine," "Dredd," "Never Let Me Go" and the video game "Enslaved: Odyssey to the West".
During his talks with the press, the "28 Days Later" franchise came up in discussion and Garland confirmed to IGN that "quite serious conversations" are underway about "28 Months Later," a third film in the horror franchise that would follow-on from the 2002 original and its 2007 sequel:
"We've got an idea. Danny [Boyle] and [producer] Andrew [Macdonald] and I have been having quite serious conversations about it so it is a possibility. It's complicated. There's a whole bunch of reasons why it's complicated, which are boring so I won't go into, »
- Garth Franklin
Screenwriter and novelist Alex Garland turns director with the psychological sci-fi thriller Ex-Machina. We review an assured debut...
It says a lot about the legacy of British mathematician Alan Turing that we’re still discussing his ideas around 50 years after his sad death. The analytical mind who helped crack the German Enigma code with the most sophisticated computers yet built during World War II, Turing’s work in the field of artificial intelligence was similarly groundbreaking.
Ex Machina, the directorial debut from novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Dredd), owes a great deal to Alan Turing. For one thing, its premise is directly inspired by what we now call the Turing Test - his suggestion that, if a machine were sophisticated into fooling someone communicating with it into believing that it could think and reason, then it really could think and reason.
In Ex Machina, 26-year-old »
Screenwriter Alex Garland has been delivering some really solid scripts this decade with the likes of Never Let Me Go and Dredd, and the man's directorial debut, Ex MacHina, looks fantastic! His recent work aside, Garland has also been a collaborator with director Danny Boyle, having written 28 Days Later and Sunshine. If you're a fan of the former, it looks like the two have been discussing a sequel recently and things are heating up. While Garland stated he would most likely »
- Sean Wist
When 2015 comes to an end, which films will we look back on as being the biggest surprises of this year? I have a feeling that Ex Machina could be one of those movies. The directorial debut of writer Alex Garland (Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Dredd, and the under-seen Never Let Me Go), the film stars Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander in a sci-fi tale that debates the consciousness of artificial intelligence. The first trailer put this movie on my radar, and since I'm a big fan of everyone involved, I can't wait to see this movie when it arrives in theaters on April 10th.
The Playlist points us to a batch of new images from the film, as well as two clips that do a nice job of setting the stage for the kind of moral complexities we can expect from the full feature. Think Ex Machina has the potential to be great? »
- Ben Pearson
This year, Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson will be giving audiences two different servings of sci-fi. First up, they'll get brainy with "Ex Machina" alongside Alicia Vikander, and then they'll go blockbuster in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." And, of course, the former picture is arriving first and today comes a couple clips from the movie along with a handful of new images. Written by Alex Garland ("Sunshine," "28 Days Later") and marking his directorial debut, the movie follows a young nerd who is chosen by a tech billionaire to check out the advanced new AI he's developed. And, as you might guess, things don't go well. In the first clip, a grim future is laid out about how AI might view humanity down the line, while in the second, we see the digital creation that's at the center of the film. "Ex Machina" opens in the U.K. on January 23rd, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This March, cinephiles of all persuasions will congregate in Austin, Texas for 2015’s South by Southwest Film Festival. Each year, the beloved event proves worth the trek, with plenty of terrific dramas, comedies and genre pics on display (last year’s festival screenings included such great flicks as Neighbors, Chef, Open Windows, Stage Fright and The Guest). And today brings exciting news regarding next year’s festival, now that some of the films that will be making their world or U.S. premieres at SXSW 2015 have been announced.
Among the premieres are Dredd director Alex Garland’s anticipated sci-fi thought piece Ex Machina, Michael Showalter’s latest romance Hello, My Name is Doris and The Invitation, a horror-thriller from the director of Jennifer’s Body. With many more titles to be announced in the coming weeks, this is already shaping up to be a terrific year for SXSW.
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- Isaac Feldberg
On this past week's episode of The Collision podcast, Adam and I noted that one of our most-anticipated films of the year was Alex Garland's sci-fi film, Ex Machina. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson as a computer programmer who wins a contest to meet with the CEO of a large search engine company (Oscar Isaac), but when he arrives, he discovers he’s part of an experiment to test the artificial intelligence of an android (Alicia Vikander). A new featurette for the film has been released along with the announcement that the movie will make its U.S. debut at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival alongside Karyn Kusama's The Invitation, Michael Showalter's Hello, My Name Is Doris, and more. Hit the jump to check out the new Ex Machina featurette along with the first wave of SXSW 2015 announcements. Ex Machina opens wide on April 10th, and the 2015 SXSW »
- Matt Goldberg
The 2015 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival will open with the world premiere of a documentary about comedian, actor and author Russell Brand, organizers announced Thursday.
Organizers also announced six other films that will screen at this year’s festival, including documentaries about singer Mavis Staples, NBA star Serge Ibaka and anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez.
- Steve Pond
This March will mark my fourth straight year attending the South by Southwest Film Festival. Every year creates many memorable moments, whether it be seeing the world premiere of Short Term 12 when it was on no one's radar or seeing Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman fight on stage when there was a problem with the screening file for The Raid 2, I always have a good time seeing as many movies I can in a short amount of time. And I am happy to be covering it for the first time as press for RopeofSilicon. The opening night films for SXSW have been hit and miss. My first year it was The Cabin in the Woods, and unfortunately, they cannot all be that great. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Chef followed after that. This year, SXSW has chosen the documentary Brand: A Second Coming as the opening night film. »
- Mike Shutt
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 »
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