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About the Movie
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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 232
- Fresh: 215
- Rotten: 17
- Average Rating: 8.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Like stage actors who live and breathe their roles over the course of months, Isaac, Gleeson, and Vikander excel, and cast a spell.
Fresh: [A] methodically absorbing sci-fi drama.
Fresh: "Ex Machina" takes its time, wrestling with questions of responsibility, morality and compassion while getting ever weirder. At its heart is Ava, played with a fine blend of innocence and quiet panic by Vikander.
Fresh: "Ex Machina" is a tense tale of artificial love so intelligently crafted and edgy that I adored it myself.
Poor on all fronts
This movie was not smart. It missed the mark on all fronts from the wholly incorrect characterization of the “Turing Test” to the illogical and inconsistent (mis-)use of the term “AI”. The audience is asked to take for granted such incredible innovations as perfectly-replicated human faces and emotions, while emphasizing the much less exciting aspects of what is otherwise completely mischaracterized as “AI”.
The acting was horrendous — the pitiful dialog sounding like two actors reading through the script rather than actually interpreting it. The technobabble only made this worse, but you would think the actors would at least try to sell it more. For some reason, the characters are all supposed to be American, yet 100% of the primary actors are foreign, and their fake American English accents distract from the already-pitiful dialog. (The Irish guy can’t pronounce certain American phonemes, and the Swedish woman slips in and out of an American accent seemingly at random.) The protagonist Irish actor is also entirely the wrong casting for this role — he is just not believable. But then again, the writing is so bad, it’s hard to put it all on him.
Finally, the core plot really makes no sense, and if anything hand-waves all the core issues in favor of keeping us confused so they can surprise us with a couple of admittedly thoughtful plot twists. But they really seem to have just structured a story around a couple of plot twists, and lazily ignored all the back-story and sub-plots truly needed to carry it off. In the end, there’s really no well-defined motivation for the actions of the characters, and none of the twists is so good that I can read other commenters’ reviews saying “brilliant” and “smart” without chuckling or even crying a little. In fact, this script would likely get a C in a college writing class, since we never get true motivation for the characters’ actions. It’s as if the writer(s) are hoping to trick us into thinking they wrote something smart, by just leaving everything out and letting us as the audience guess as to the meaning. It’s the cinematic equivalent of looking at an ink-splatter in a museum and hearing someone talk about the deep meaning behind it, when you know it’s just a bunch of ink being flung at the canvas.
The filmmaking is mixed, but on the whole falls woefully short of expectations. The special effects and cinematography are fine (some brilliant bits, but very few and far between) — but that just makes the movie that much more disappointing when held up against the rest of the production and direction: long periods of up to 7 minutes of absolutely no dialog, and weird 60’s experimental style background music that makes you want to mute the volume until the dialog starts back up. The effects innovation that led to the believability of a "hollow woman” as a manifestation of the misnamed “AI” is really pretty much the only innovation. The rest is just stock off-the-shelf, and could be set in any time period, with any lighting and design sensibility. This reviewer was left desperately wanting more in terms of special effects to support more scientific innovations and futuristic look and feel. This film just pushed all of that to the side, and focused entirely on the incongruous sexuality of a green screen.
For all of you science fiction buffs out there who love to see new visualizations of futuristic technology and cool technical ideas, this is absolutely not the movie for you. If you are a horror buff (which I’m not), this is also not the movie for you — it’s barely if at all really a horror flick. If you are attracted to the sexuality of the actors, forget it! Yes, there are some shameless scenes of exploitation of the female nude, but it even falls short of being even the softest soft-core. There’s just really no redeeming value that I can find. I’m sorry but you will be wasting your time if you watch this. I sure did!
don’t believe to the rating. this movie only work 4 actors and is so boring
the movie is very slow and very bad drama what is about.
I can’t say anything else than whats already been commented…had me captivated from the very beginning. For the Cerebral Futurist…!