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Ex Machina (2015)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  24 April 2015 (USA)
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A young programmer is selected to participate in a groundbreaking experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking 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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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 April 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ex Machina: God from the Machine  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$25,440,971 (USA) (28 August 2015)

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Caleb's favorite music band is Depeche Mode. See more »


When Caleb and Nathan are at the glacier waterfall, you can see the shadow of a cameraman on the rocky ground in the background. A square shadow is also visible which is probably from a large bounce umbrella used for the scene lighting. See more »


[first lines]
Caleb: How long until we get to his estate?
Pilot: [laughs] We've been flying over his estate for the past 2 hours.
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References The Machine (2013) See more »


Words and Music by Ray Erskine Publishing Limited
Published by EMI Music Publishing Limited
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User Reviews

Intriguing, unpredictable and tense
23 January 2015 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

"Ex Machina" deals with a familiar theme in a very unique way. It doesn't bombard you with effects or superficial action (although the robot effects are exceptional). Rather, its focus and beauty lie in the subtle and nuanced performances of its tiny cast as the film explores what it means to be human.

Quiet dialogue scenes between two characters are filmed in such an impactful, making them feel hauntingly austere, sweet and innocent, or terrible and frightening, through meticulous use of composition, light and sound. The film really does run the gamut of emotions, surprisingly funny one minute and gut-wrenchingly tense and weird the next, while the script twists and turns, constantly unsettling your assumptions about what will happen.

The performances are excellent, most notably Alicia Vikander as the beguiling Ava, who absolutely passes for being 'almost human'. Her precise movements -walking, standing or stooping to pull on a pair of stockings- have just that slight tinge of the uncanny about them to suggest a mechanical skeleton, yet she is undeniably seductive. You can really understand Caleb's mental plight as she begins to show signs of a sexual interest in him!

Domhnall Gleeson also delivers a quiet and focused performance as Caleb, which reflects much of the film's over all style. Like Ava, he is relatable, yet has this slight autistic aloofness about him, in complete contrast to the boorish, reckless Nathan (Oscar Isaac).

The dialogue feels real and non-cliché. The pacing for the most part is measured, although one or two scenes might move a little slower than they need to.

The ending probably will not satisfy everyone, and admittedly left me a feeling a bit cold, but it certainly didn't follow the route I was expecting. Overall I found it to be enthralling and disturbing stuff.

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