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Ex Machina (2014)

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A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a highly advanced humanoid A.I.

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Complete credited cast:
Domhnall Gleeson ... Caleb
Alicia Vikander ... Ava
Oscar Isaac ... Nathan
Sonoya Mizuno ... Kyoko
Corey Johnson ... Jay
Claire Selby Claire Selby ... Lily
Symara A. Templeman Symara A. Templeman ... Jasmine (as Symara Templeman)
Gana Bayarsaikhan ... Jade
Tiffany Pisani Tiffany Pisani ... Katya
Elina Alminas ... Amber (as Lina Alminas)

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Caleb, a 26 year old programmer 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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To erase the line between man and machine is to obscure the line between men and gods See more »


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

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Trivia

The song to which Nathan and Kyoko are dancing is "Get Down Saturday Night" by Oliver Cheatham. See more »

Goofs

Caleb had already reprogrammed the security protocols when Nathan was drunk. Thus he did not need to get him drunk again on the day of Ava's escape, and Ava could have escaped earlier during the penultimate power cut. Caleb still needed Nathan to get drunk so that he and Ava could actually escape unseen, otherwise Nathan could still have prevented them from escaping somehow. See more »

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[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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Crazy Credits

The end credits starts with a single dot in the background which then grows and various patterns emerge from it. See more »

Alternate Versions

The alternatively censored cut released in China featured frequent blurs of nudity and, on occasion, violence. One scene towards the end also seemed to be zoomed for no apparent reason. See more »

Connections

Featured in Conan: Chris O'Dowd/Alicia Vikander/Best Coast (2015) See more »

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Unaccompanied Cello Suite #1 in G Major BWV 1007 - Préludé
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma
Courtesy of Sony Masterworks
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They just want to be like us. Go figure.
16 April 2015 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson)

Ex Machina is a thoughtful science fiction about Artificial Intelligence, whereby, to no fan's surprise, the current female robot, Ava (Alicia Vikander), has human qualities that cause trouble for inventor, Nathan (Oscar Isaac), and visitor, young Caleb. If you know anything about these stories, you could write the screenplay, but you'd need these actors to make it the impressive sci-fi it is.

Poets and philosophers have been intrigued by just this story about AI gone astray after interacting with humans. The Frankenstein motif is alive and dangerous, and the spirit of Spike Jonze's Her, with the seductive operating system, is very much a part of Ava's approach to Caleb. The destructive force of Nathan's creation is more subtle than in Dr. Frankenstein's creation, but menacing nevertheless: "Isn't it strange, to create something that hates you?" Ava to Nathan

Brainy Nathan has a compound somewhere in an Alaskan refuge as modern as could be with ID cards and glass walls and doors to give the impression of peace and transparency. Caleb is chosen to help Nathan use the Turing Test to judge the quality of the AI-human experience.

As in real life, nothing is as it appears because neither Nathan nor Ava can refrain from lying. Yet, even Caleb is drawn into lies as he gets closer, even romantically, yikes! to Ava. Once again for science fiction, as soon as the robot gets to enjoy being like a human, trouble ensues. However, even if this film seems like a retread, say, of Never Let Me Go, very few filmmakers could match the ultra modern, yet still sexy, set design. And Isaac's character is so mercurial, at once comforting then tyrannical, that the film could be remembered if only for his star turn as the mad but charming scientist.

After all, Ex Machina is as much about a scientist playing God as it is about the bridge between robot and man. Each topic could, and has been, treated on its own. Here it is an exciting return to modern man as god and monster:

"I am God." Nathan


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UK

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English

Release Date:

24 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$237,264, 12 April 2015

Gross USA:

$25,442,958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,869,414
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