Bill C’s Review – 4 out of 5
Ex Machina is a smart, entertaining sci-fi thriller from first-time director Alex Garland (probably best known as the writer of 28 Days Later). Domhnall Gleason plays Caleb, an employee of a Google/Facebook-like company. He is the winner(?) of a week with the secretive company owner, Nathan (played by Oscar Isaac) on his massive estate.
Nathan has been working on an advanced AI robot, Ava, played by Alicia Vikander. Nathan has invited Caleb, as a participant of a ‘Turing Test,’ to determine if the AI is advanced enough to pass as human.
The week turns into a cat-and-mouse game between Ava, Caleb and Nathan with lots of suspense and interesting twists and turns. I don’t want to give away more of the plot.
The acting is great, especially Oscar Isaac as the manipulative, creepy mogul. The special effects for Ava are also excellent.
This film is definitely worth checking out.