Ex Machina – Review

Every once in a while I am truly blown away by a new movie. This was the case with Ex Machina.

The movie follows the story of a coder, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), working at a large corporation who is chosen to stay a week with the elusive head of the company, Nathan (Oscar Isaac), who lives in a remote research facility in the mountains. During his visit CalebĀ is tasked with running a Turing test on a new artificial intelligence, Ava (Alicia Vikander) that Nathan has created.


The film is shot with a very minimal cast to great effect. The story is mostly told through a series of dialogues between Nathan, Ava, and Caleb which propels the plot through a few good twists. The part of the movie that I personally liked the most is how it raises the question of how we define intelligent life and what rights an AI might have. The cinematography on display here accents the near-future science fiction perfectly with an immersive soundtrack to match.

While I would highly suggest this movie to anyone who has an interest in the subject of AI or science in general it also appeals to those who simply like to think. I have a weekly movie night with my friends at my home which generally devolves into us making fun of the crappy movies that we watch and I was pleasantly surprised when the room fell silent as everyone started focusing on this movies dialogue, hanging off every word.

If you have not had the pleasure of viewing this movie yet I suggest doing so at your earliest convenience.