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The lines between man and machine are blurred in the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina. Starring Oscar Isaac,Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander, the film explores the notion of the Turing Test, pitting programmer Caleb (Gleeson) against Nathan’s (Isaac) machine Ava (Vikander) in an attempt to prove – or disprove – her artificial intelligence.
Ex Machina has steadily been gaining buzz as one of the year’s must-see sci-fi films since it debuted at the SXSW Film Festival. A familiar face is behind not only the script, but the camera. Alex Garland, author of The Beach and its subsequent screenplay, as well as the screenplays for 28 Days Later… and Sunshine made his directorial debut with Ex Machina.
Cineplex sat down with the affable writer-director to find out more about machines, the collaborative world of filmmaking, and working with some of the biggest up-and-comers in Hollywood (and future Star Wars: The Force »
- Rachel West
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’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
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 »
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
We’re calling this one early. Unless some serious competition comes up later in the year, the best dance sequence of cinema in 2015 will go down as a scene performed by Oscar Isaac in “Ex Machina.” If you’ve seen the movie, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, it’s a perfect example how this cerebral and stylish science fiction thriller from Alex Garland (writer of “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine,") contains some brilliantly absurdly funny moments out of nowhere. A24 mashed up the scene with the second best dance scene of the year, which is from another one of its films, Noah Baumbach's “While We’re Young.” “Ex Machina” stars two upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” leads, Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, along with Alicia Vikander (who we’re told came really close to bagging a role in “Star Wars: Rogue One »
- Edward Davis
The sci-fi thriller Ex Machina has been in limited release for a couple weeks now, but this weekend the film featuring future Star Wars actors Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac expands nationwide to theaters everywhere. And with that comes one final trailer to convince audiences to see this worthwhile flick. There's not much new footage, but the trailer uses quotes from respected scientific experts such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking about how much of a gamechanger true artificial intelligence would be, though not necessarily for the better. It's something that's on the verge of not being science fiction. Watch! Here's the final trailer for Alex Garland's Ex Machina from A24: You can still watch the previous second trailer for Ex Machina right here. Ex Machina is written and directed by Alex Garland (writer of Dredd, Sunshine, 28 Days Later). Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, »
- Ethan Anderton
Artificial intelligence has long been a topic of interest in movies, going all the way back to the late 1920s withFritz Lang’s Metropolis, featuring A.I. in the form of “False Maria”. The use of A.I. characters has persisted since then, cropping up in everything from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Transcendence.
It’s becoming harder and harder to go to the theatre these days without seeing some form of A.I. playing a role, whether that be villainous, heroic, or somewhere in between. We can’t help but notice how much of the on-screen A.I. seems to be getting more and more human… is something like Her’s Samantha on the technological horizon?
- Amanda Wood
The wonderful Ex MacHina will finally expand nationwide, including St. Louis, on April 24. Check out three new posters for the film.
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 »
- Michelle McCue
"Go into a shoot with a bad script, and you're in big trouble." Playing in theaters now is the new sci-fi film Ex Machina, directed by screenwriter turned filmmaker Alex Garland. Garland is making his directorial debut with this film after writing the scripts for The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. A few years back I met up with him for an interview about Dredd, and we talked a lot about science fiction, and how the genre pushes itself forward. I met up with Alex Garland again, this time while he was in New York City to promote Ex Machina, and we again chatted about sci-fi and how much he loves the genre. As always, it was fun to sit down and talk with Alex about filmmaking and much more. Fire it up! "Really interesting areas are beginning to exist that only a handful of »
- Alex Billington
Chicago – Who are we anyway, when as inventors of artificial intelligence, we can create a new wave of thought process? That is what writer – and now director – Alex Garland (“28 Days Later…,” “Sunshine”) has been grappling with his entire career. His directorial debut is the stunning and prescient “Ex Machina.”
The film relates a story of Artificial Intelligence and robot/androids, supposedly invented by a Bill Gates type of world conqueror, portrayed by Oscar Isaac. When he brings a low level worker to interact with his new robots – designed to look like beautiful young women – the implications of the brave new world become apparent. The film works on many interesting levels, including the very question of what being alive means.
Photo credit: A24
Alex Garland has been an influential novelist and screenwriter for over a decade within the Science Fiction and film industries, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Would you be able to tell the difference between a human and machine? In Ex Machina, a young programmer named Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is tasked with determining whether the A.I. prototype Ava (Alicia Vikander) could pass the famous Turing Test set out to test whether a human test subject knows if they are interacting with a human or machine. Sound easy? Maybe if you haven’t met Ava.
Designed to look, sound, and act like a human being, Ava presents a unique challenge to Caleb who gets to put her to the test after being selected as a contest winner by her creator Nathan (Oscar Isaac). As the lines between man and machine blur, Caleb has a hard time distinguishing between what is real and what is programmed.
Ex Machina marks the first time behind the camera for writer Alex Garland who has crafted the screenplays for many of »
- Rachel West
I will be 100% transparent here, I really dig Alex Garland. One of my favorite books is The Beach and the man has created some unique stories with Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Sunshine) not to mention his contribution to Dredd. Garland is now making his feature film debut with a unique sci-fi film called Ex Machina and we have some passes to give away!
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Contest Ends on April 19, 2015. Winners Will Be Notified On April 20, 2015.
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Ex MacHina Opens April 24, 2015
The post St. Louis: Win Passes to an Advance Screening of Ex MacHina appeared first on Destroy the Brain!. »
- Andy Triefenbach
For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to see the new film Ex Machina at the Birmingham 8 Theater in Birmingham, Michigan on Thursday, April 16th at 8:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry, because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone!
About The Film
Ex MacHina: 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 »
Alex Garland is no stranger to the big screen nor big ideas. Having penned some of director Danny Boyle's lauded efforts ( 28 Days Later, Sunshine) as well as one of my personal favorite films of the past few years (2012's superb Dredd), Garland has finally decided to step behind the camera for his directorial debut, Ex Machina, a minimalist Sci-Fi excursion down the well of creator vs creation and, in the end, which one is truly god.
The film opens on Caleb (Domhnall Gleason), a coder for an internet search engine known as Blue Book, as he has finds himself the winner of an in-house contest. The prize: a week spent with Blue Book's founder and billionaire CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Caleb is quickly whisked away by helicopter to Bateman's hidden home in the wilderness and upon arrival discovers that there's much more to his being there than merely bro-time with the big boss. »
Alex Garland, screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Never Let Me Go,” makes an impressive directorial debut with cerebral sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” (in theaters today), but Garland waves off the achievement of leaping to directing as “just next in a continuum.” “The truth was that there was no epiphany moment about directing, because I just don’t dignify the directing role the way we’re supposed to,” the British filmmaker told The Dissolve. “There are a few people — like Woody Allen, he’s an auteur, and I’m cool with that. But for me, directing is about collaboration.” Whether directing is a logical next step or a hard-sought achievement for screenwriters, it’s often done by telling studios, “Hey, here’s my next screenplay. You can have it as long as I get to direct.” Preston Sturges — at the time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood — is noted for »
- Emily Rome
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? There is nothing more human than the will to survive. In theaters in the Us starting today is the feature directorial debut of sci-fi screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Dredd), a film called Ex Machina about a man and his creation. Oscar Isaac stars as Nathan, the billionaire founder of a technology company, along with Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb, a young programmer brought to Nathan's home to test one of his new robots. Alicia Vikander plays Ava, an artificial intelligence humanoid designed by Nathan that Caleb is instructed to test, to see just how real she really is. Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Alex Garland's Ex Machina. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all »
- Alex Billington
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