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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 breath-taking humanoid A.I.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Caleb
... Ava
... Nathan
... Kyoko
... Jay
Claire Selby ... Lily
Symara A. Templeman ... Jasmine (as Symara Templeman)
... Jade
Tiffany Pisani ... Katya
... 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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There is nothing more human than the will to survive. See more »


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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)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$250,000, 12 April 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,442,958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,978,784
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Trivia

Director Garland has stated in interview that the recurring musical theme for Ava is not intentionally a play on the tones used to communicate with the visitors in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), as asserted by many; though even the producer noted the incredible similarity upon hearing the theme. See more »

Goofs

After Caleb signs the non-disclosure agreement, he places the pen towards the right of the pad on the desk. In the next shot the pen is in the middle of the pad. From a different camera angle, when he slaps his key-card down on the desk, the pen has returned to the right of the pad. 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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References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Schubert Piano Sonata No.21 in B Flat Minor
Composed by Franz Schubert
Performed by Alfred Brendel
Courtesy of Decca
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited
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Paranoid Android
26 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

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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