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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ex Machina See more »

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Box Office

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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Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

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Black and White (some shots)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Its Academy Award win for Best Visual Effects was widely considered an upset, as most prognosticators considered it an outlier and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) was heavily favored to win. Most trade publications in their post-ceremony coverage theorized its unexpected win was caused by strong support from the acting wing of the Academy, given the performance-centric nature of the visual effects. See more »

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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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Very good balance between sci-fi and psychology
10 November 2015 | by j-pollacchiSee all my reviews

A great story, with complex yet very relatable characters.

AI has been a recurring theme in sci-fi movies for some time now with varying degrees of plot and execution quality. I feel this movie aces both.

A secluded environment and very good original music set the mood for full focus on story and character development. The plot twists time and time again as an intelligence power-play is delivered with very good performances by this little known cast. Character development feels perfect as each one gains depth without loosing essence.

From a sci-fi point of view, it's not you're typical FX based movie, nor is it an action film. Nevertheless some very good effects and acting make for an excellent merge between fact and fiction that lets you concentrate on the philosophical questions the movie asks about the nature of AI.

Conclusion: I'd recommend this film to anyone. Though warning it concentrates on the brain rather than the muscle. Excellent movie.


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