The concise critics

Ex Machina

Year : 2015 Director : Alex Garland Running Time : 108 minutes Genre :
Movie review score

What’s it about?
Caleb is a bright young coder who wins a company wide lottery that has him spending a week at his celebrity boss’s mountain retreat. On arrival it is revealed that his role is to interview an Artificial Intelligence program in a beautiful body.

What we thought
Dan says: There is an almost immediate menace in this film that never stops. This slow burning thriller crept relentlessly forward, always keeping me delighted. The ‘car-chase brigade’ may find it plodding but for those with some patience they’ll be rewarded in spades.

The visuals are impressive. Imagine the Portal video-game come to life but GladOS is much, much cuter. Each carefully considered pause contains a screen full of delicate engineering ticking away at the seams of this flirtatious droid.

You won’t be able to look away, which is good training for the oncoming robot apocalypse.

One Response so far.

  1. Intelligent and thoughtful, Ex_Machina is a delight that both entertains and challenges. The underlying tension and menace keeps you on the edge of your seat and engaged in a truly wonderful way. Its explorations of artificial intelligence and the blurred line between life and sentience is so delightfully done that this movie will ensure there will never be a Bladerunner sequel; it simply couldn’t be done better than this.

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