Ex Machina is an absorbing piece of speculative fiction. Strong on ideas and characterisation, Alex Garland (The Beach) capably draws on his skills as a novelist in this confident directorial debut that lies somewhere between Frankenstein and Spike Jonze’s Her.
Revolving entirely around three characters, this is an engaging piece of cinema despite a few slow patches. Nathan (Oscar Isaac) is a reclusive billionaire, a kind of pugilistic Zuckerberg, who lures the fresh-faced Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a low level employee, to his secluded luxury bunker in order to test his artificial intelligence creation, Ava (Alicia Vikander). Caleb enters the test knowing that Ava is a robot, but will he come to accept her as a real, sentient being through a series of monitored interactions?
It’s clear from the outset that Nathan is not to be trusted, a narcissist who lost connection with human…
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