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

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24 April 2015 (USA)  »

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$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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[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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One of the best films ever made.....

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:

1. Wow

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.

4. Wow.

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).

6. Wow

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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