Ex Machina

Ex Machina

Ex Machina

Young programmer Calbe (Domnhall Gleeson, About Time) joins a secret artificial intelligence experiment run by a brilliant scientist (Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis). As the pair develop and interact with the resulting robot (Alicia Vikander, A Royal Affair), mistrust and deception take hold. The directorial debut of Alex Garland (writer of The Beach, Sunshine and Dredd).

Best Visual Effects winner at the 2016 Academy Awards
2015Rating: MA15+, Strong themes, violence and nudity108 minsUSA
DramaScience Fiction

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Flicks, Giles Hardie

Flicks, Giles Hardie

While the ever-expanding blockbuster culture of the 21st century throws up much in the way of justification for bemoaning the doom of the small-to-medium independent film, there is at least one glorious fibre optic lining. The rapid progression of digital effects technology that has gone hand-in-cyborg-claw with these mega-movies has opened up a gateway for brilliant, mind-over-laser science-fiction explorations such as Moon, Her and now Ex Machina.

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Variety

Variety

Ex Machina turns out to be far wittier and more sensual than its coolly unblemished exterior implies...

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Total Film

Total Film

It plays like Frankenstein meets Blade Runner via Hitchcock haunted by the ghosts of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations...

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Time Out

Time Out

Vikander’s spellbinding, not-quite-human presence (her synthetic skin is silky yet creepy) keeps us watching.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

This is bewitchingly smart science fiction of a type that’s all too rare. Its intelligence is anything but artificial.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

With a sly dreaminess, Vikander steals the movie from the two males.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

The story falls out so predictably at every stage that it can be frustrating. It’s the details that are surprising, and purposefully alarming.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The story ends in a muddled rush, leaving many unanswered questions.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Stylish, elegant, tense, cerebral, satirical and creepy.

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