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
The name "Ava" is a nod to Ada, daughter of Romantic poet Lord Byron, whose work with Charles Babbage and his Analytical Engine in the 1840's led to her recognition by many as the first computer programmer. See more »
When Ava presses her drawing against the glass to show it to Caleb, in one shot it slightly slips. Apparently the contact pressure of her hand changes over time to the point where the paper starts moving. Nathan designed his android bodies to be human-like, up to and including making small errors like this; it is entirely consistent with her behavior in the rest of the movie. 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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Just saw the film and am still gob-smacked, so this review may not be as clear as some of my earlier ones.
A few notes:
2. As far as AI goes, this is the film that Spielberg wishes he would have made. It covers the same weighty questions but in a way that grabs the viewer by the throat and doesn't let go until the very end.
3. The I/B (impact to budget ratio) is off the chart. A full length feature that has what, 3 major characters, the same set, and some nice CGI? The backer who wrote the first check must have been crying tears of joy because they were in profit before the cameras rolled.
5. Not merely a thinking-mans sci-fi, also a horror flick. Riffs off themes from classics like ISLAND OF DR MOREAU (where the daughter of the mad scientist is much more than she seems) and even the original Dracula (where the innocent young man gets invited to a castle for a job and discovers the owner and his servants are more than they seem).
7. Director Alex Garland is a force to be reckoned with.
8. Riffs off Sleuth (1972) where two men who are having seemingly simple conversations end up in a battle of wits.
9. Is it just me or is Oscar Issac as Nathan channelling Mandy Patinkin from Homeland, including voice mannerisms, even the beard?
10. Also borrows from Frankenstein (the created wanted to destroy the creator) and even Pinocchio (the puppet who wanted to become a real boy).
11. The pacing is extraordinary. It never peaks or plateaus. Every time you think you know what is coming, it just takes the story up a notch.
12. Even the ending -- a riff on the "cuckolded boyfriend" -- is unexpected and mesmerizing.
13. Cinematography is breathtaking. Musical score is perfect.
14. Did I mention Wow?
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