Ex Machina (2015)

Drugs Hit Hard

Tagline: What happens to me if I fail your test?

Year: 2015          Runtime: 108 min

Director: Alex Garland

Writer: Alex Garland

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac


My Expectations:

A mind scrambling sci-fi thriller that kept me guessing.

The Pay Off:

A mind scrambling sci-fi thriller that kept me guessing through to the non puss-out end.


So, how do you know when an AI program has passed the Turing Test? When the tester is brought to an existential crisis so severe they cut chunks of their skin away to see if they’re flesh and blood or servos and lubricant.

Ex Machina is the modern mad scientist tale. No longer are the antagonists wild-haired, white coat wearing aristocrats who live/work in dark castles where it perpetually rains and Jacob’s ladders arc perpetually in their dungeon laboratories. No. These are the super rich silicon valley boys with remote, concrete fortified mansions, with lots of blfnar (blinking lights for no apparent reason) and biometrics. The labs are still subterranean, though, so there’s that.

All the affectations aside, Ex Machina asks the questions what is consciousness? and what is our moral obligation to non-biological life? There’s no easy answer, and the movie does a wonderful job of representing this. Mild Spoiler: Best of all, when it gets to the denouement, the film doesn’t go for the easy Peoria pleasing ending, although it could very easily have done so.

Attractions:

  • Bill Weasley’s softer side.
  • A “What If” story about Serge Brin’s secret Google project.
  • Alicia Vikander nude. Man, it’s all about the hot Nordic women this Summer. Yeowza!

Trailer:

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