A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.
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
When Nathan is sitting in front of the three monitors, left of the Post-it covered wall is a famous triple painting by Titian, titled "The Allegory of Prudence," which features three heads and three animals. Titian painted the work just before he died of the plague in 1576. The three heads in the painting allude to the three ages of man. On the left, Titian's self-portrait represents the past and old age. In the center is Orazio, his son, representing the present and maturity. On the right is Marco, his cousin, representing the future or youth. Under the portraits is a triple-headed figure, depicting a wolf, lion, and dog, symbolizing prudence and also may symbolize memories, intelligence, and foresight. See more »
When Caleb is done shaving, he exits the bathroom drying his now-clean face with a towel. As he picks up his shirt, he glances over at the monitor to see Nathan conversing with Ava and then tearing up her picture. When the camera returns to Caleb, he still has shaving cream on his face. See more »
How long until we get to his estate?
We've been flying over his estate for the past 2 hours.
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Ex Machina has a very fitting sense of false intimacy. This is done visually as many of the close-ups are seen through glass. No matter how close we get to the subject on-screen, there always seems to be at least one wall of glass between us and it or them. The film also makes a very distinct contrast between it's interior and exterior shots. Outside of the facility is breathtaking landscapes. It is big, beautiful, refreshing and vibrant. Inside seems like an endless futuristic maze of glass, mirrors, plastic, chrome and dim lights. It is clean, cold and claustrophobic. A perfect setting for the subject that is explored in this tight, tense sci-fi thriller.
Ex Machina is the best science fiction film on artificial intelligence since Blade Runner. While Blade Runner is an action thriller that relies more on it's epic visuals to tell it's story, Ex Machina is a dialogue-driven psychological thriller that slowly works it's way under your skin. Thought-provoking and terrifyingly suspenseful, an induced state of paranoia may linger long after the end credits begin to roll.
The less you know going into a film like this, the better your experience will be. Alex Garland has given us a modern science-fiction masterpiece. Performances from all three leads are flawless and every other aspect of the production, from the cinematography to the soundtrack, is perfectly suited for the story. Not only is Ex Machina an amazing achievement for a directorial debut, it's Alex Garland's best written work to-date.
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