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Alex Garland, the writer of such films as "The Beach," "28 Days Later," "Sunshine," "Never Let Me Go" and "Dredd," is making his directorial debut on a sci-fi thriller called "Ex Machina." And today we have a new trailer. Check it out below. Plot: The film follows a billionaire inventor who arranges for a young employee to spend a week at his home to test an artificially intelligent female robot that the inventor has constructed. "Ex Machina" is set to hit theaters on April 10th. Trailer: »
When Apple's Jony Ive wanted to bring curves to computers and software, I am not sure this was the end-game. It may very well have been, but leave it to science-fiction screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go) to bring an element of sexuality and philosophy to this artificial intelligence thriller, which just happens to also be his directorial debut. Ex_Machina, is a single location, three-hander drama, starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander. It premieres in North America on March 15 at the SXSW film festival, but has received strong word of mouth from several other film markets, where it has already received a commercial release. A24 is releasing it Stateside on April 10th.Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an...
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Alex Garland's "Ex Machina" is on Indiewire's list of the most anticipated indie films of 2015, and for good reason. We are really, really aching for some good sci-fi, and Garland, having written "28 Days Later," "Sunshine" and "Never Let Me Go," is poised to bring it to us in his directorial debut. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb Smith, a programmer at an internet-search giant who wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). The official synopsis continues: "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 more »
- Casey Cipriani
Screenwriter Alex Garland has had a kind of Midas touch — he’s written and created a string of genre classics including three films directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (“The Beach,” Garland’s first novel, then the screenplays for “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine”) and one by Mark Romanek (“Never Let Me Go”). Safe to say that looks pretty good on a resume. But Garland's output suffered with the 2012 adaptation of “Dredd” — a box-office flop that couldn’t gross more than $35 million worldwide. Perhaps because of that bomb, Garland decided to take matters into his own hands with “Ex Machina,” his directorial debut that he also wrote. Set in a far future, it centers on a reclusive genius CEO, a A.I. robot and a young tech employee who wins a contest to spend private time with his isolated boss. The movie stars two upcoming actors from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »
- Edward Davis
A24 has released a new trailer for Ex Machina, the upcoming directorial debut from Alex Garland, screenwriter of 28 Days Later and Never Let Me Go. The A.I. thriller stars Domhnall Gleeson as programmer at an internet-search giant, who 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. The pic will have its North American premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March before its April 10 theatrical release and we'll have a review for you from the fest, »
- Brad Brevet
Each month, Boris Kachka offers nonfiction and fiction book recommendations, and you should read as many of them as possible.The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf, March 3)Ishiguro is a deft gut-renovator of genres, bringing fresh life and feeling to hollowed-out conventions. A full decade after his last novel, Never Let Me Go, turned a Twilight Zone plot into a profoundly sad romance, Ishiguro’s belated seventh novel is a dungeons-and-dragons quest set in post-Arthurian Britain — a land at uneasy piece, cursed with an amnesiac fog that might be the breath of a she-dragon. Even for Ishiguro, it’s a bold departure: highly stylized, alternately stiff and swashbuckling. But the love story at its center shimmers with a mythic and melancholy grace. The Sellout, by Paul Beatty (Fsg, March 3)From the lawn jockeys on the cover to the last bawdy joke, Beatty does not treat race delicately. His latest satirical-absurdist novel, »
- Boris Kachka
One of the films I am most looking forward to at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival is Ex Machina, the directorial debut of writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go). I know it's not a world premiere, and it has already opened in plenty of territories, but the word coming out of the places it has already played has me quite excited. The film features a trio of actors I think are terrific: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac. Seeing these three tackle a science-fiction drama written by a guy who has previously given us very thoughtful genre films is very interesting to me. So, it will be one I will make sure I do not miss during my jam-packed festival. Ex Machina has a new poster for you all to admire below. It's a fairly simple one, featuring Alicia Vikander front and center. It's »
- Mike Shutt
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 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
Stripping his sci-fi remit back down to basics after the high-profile excesses of Dredd, Alex Garland makes his long-awaited directorial debut with the taut, intimate Ex Machina. A high-concept AI thriller told like a chamber play, Garland's script puts the focus heavily on his powerhouse young cast, their loaded interactions posing questions that are as frequently emotional as existential.
Domhnall Gleeson, who after Frank is becoming known as the everyman thrust into a brave new world, plays a meek young software engineer selected in a competition to take part in a groundbreaking robotics experiment. Transported by helicopter to a remote, sleekly futuristic compound, Caleb is enlisted by reclusive genius Nathan (Oscar Isaac) to test the limitations of a remarkable new AI crafted in the shape of a young woman, »
While multiplex fantasy remains an extravagantly caped boys’ club, a stealthy gender inquiry is taking place in more specialized sci-fi territory, with Alex Garland’s brittle, beautiful “Ex Machina” its latest slyly thoughtful line of questioning. A worthy companion piece to “Under the Skin” and “Her” in its examination of what constitutes human and feminine identity — and whether those two concepts need always overlap — Garland’s long-anticipated directorial debut synthesizes a dizzy range of the writer’s philosophical preoccupations into a sleek, spare chamber piece: Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” redreamed as a 21st-century battle of the sexes. Exquisitely designed and electrically performed by Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson and particularly Oscar Isaac, this uncomplicated but subtly challenging film requires strong word of mouth from its January U.K. release (and its March SXSW premiere) if audiences abroad are to tap its porcelain surface.
“I’m hot on high-level abstraction,” brags 24-year-old »
- Guy Lodge
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 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
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