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Ex Machina (2015)

 -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  10 April 2015 (USA)
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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.



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Rated R for graphic nudity, language, sexual references and some violence | See all certifications »

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€11,000,000 (estimated)

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Alex Garland's directorial debut. See more »


Late in the movie when Ava and Caleb meet, as she walks away from the window in her room the actresses legs have not been CGI'd to appear as the artificial legs. See more »


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Tense doesn't quite cut it!
21 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In this feature directed by the brilliant writer of such films as "The Beach", "Sunshine" and "28 days later" we come across a completely unique take on the already crowded AI genre of film. In fact, this could be a new genre of film altogether; possibly "scifiramiller" (Science fiction, drama, thriller.)

This being the first film directed by Alex Garland, mistakes were expected, however the film was likely to be solid, due to past writing efforts.

These expectations were not just surpassed, they were blown out of the window! From the very beginning, you are put into the shoes of our protagonist (Domhnall Gleeson), confused, intrigued and in awe of the beauty that the opening scenes transport us (Quite literally) too.

Eventually we meet the second of the films important characters in Oscar Isaac; who'm is outstanding in "Inside Lywelln Davis," yet horrendous in "A most Violet Year" and therefore could have gone either way in this feature. From here the tension builds and we start to find out the reasons for our passage to this idyllic place and the story takes hold.

Domhnall meets the beautifully designed and gorgeous new comer "Alicia Vikander", who's acting as an AI is perhaps the best ever on a film such as this, and the story develops into what we think is happening! Or is it...?

Watch to find out, because this film builds the tension, shocks and provokes through to the end, until you are left withe your jaw either on the floor or grinning from ear to ear, eager to talk about all that went on before with anybody that will listen!

A special mention to the sound behind this film, which worked hand in hand with the story and masterful directing to create the unbelievable tension and turn this film into the gripping "scifiramiller" that it is!

"I'm not "up" on my Oscar work, when films must be played to be considered, but how this hasn't been given even a mention is beyond me!"

A must watch!

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