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Ex Machina (2015)

R  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  24 April 2015 (USA)
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A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking female A.I.

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Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. Written by DNA FILMS

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

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24 April 2015 (USA)  »

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Ex Machina: God from the Machine  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$250,000 (USA) (10 April 2015)

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$25,361,484 (USA) (17 July 2015)
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A good designer such as Nathan would be able to control the AI system using a wireless interface. When Ava escapes, he would have simply logged in to her and shut her down. See more »

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Nathan: [speaking about Ava's brain] Impulse. Response. Fluid. Imperfect. Patterned. Chaotic.
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Not As Smart As It Thinks It Is
17 May 2015 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Caleb a computer programmer is invited by Nathan , a billionaire technology tycoon is invited to stay with him and through conversation tells Caleb he has invented something that will revolutionise the world as we know it . Intrigued by what might be the greatest scientific invention ever Caleb promises to keep Nathan's secret and he is introduced to Ava an android

This is the directorial debut of Alex Garland who started off as a novelist with his screen writing debut being the screen adaptation of his own novel THE BEACH . Very quickly he became established as a horror/science fiction writer with the screenplays of 28 DAYS LATER , SUNSHINE and DREDD so it's only natural that if he was going to progress to directing then the sci-fi genre would be an obvious choice

That said I've never felt Garland was a great screenwriter and his work is highly derivative . 28DL is an obvious steal of DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS in its plotting and SUNSHINE contains ever horror and science fiction cliché you can think of . EX MACHINA feels as if it's borrowing a bit from Kubrick and Scott . It's a curiously uninvolving film where the characters feel completely detached from the audience . Effectively there's only three speaking parts where characters stand in minimalist sets talking , talking and ... well talking . When anything of note happens plot turn wise you're probably able to second guess them which makes for a fairly predictable story

I notice that so far EX MACHINA has an average user rating of 8.1 . Now I certainly don't agree with such a high rating but I can certainly understand why people might be giving it a higher mark that it deserves . It's a co-production between Universal Studios and Britain's Film4 but its obvious roots are outside the Hollywood studio system . It's a rather talkative introspective sci-fi drama and you can understand people wanting to reward this simply because it's not some noisy over-edited spectacular but even so you're left thinking the film might have been better than it actually is


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