Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated–and more deceptive–than the two men could have imagined.
I came into this movie thinking this would be a cross between A.I and Will Smith’s IRobert. It is actually much better than both movies. Alex weaves a sexual very cerebral thought provoking Sci Fi drama that is akin to 2001 a space odyssey than either one of the to aforementioned movies above. What would you do if a machine provided you more emotion and care than any human interaction you have experienced? Would you treat it differently or would you treat him/her the way he/her is treating you? That is the question that this movie asks. with a twist that gets most people saying whaaaaa?
Great movie. Look for the Oscar nomination