Ex Machina – not the movie you’ll expect from the trailers.
Alex Garland’s stylish sci-fi thriller Ex Machina is out on limited release today (with full general UK release on Friday 23rd). The film tells the story of a young programmer at the world’s largest internet company who wins a competition to spend a week at the retreat of Nathan, the company’s reclusive CEO. When he arrives at the remote location he finds he has been chosen to be the human component in a test to evaluate the human qualities of Nathan’s latest experiment, a beautiful female A.I. The eerie electronic score by composers Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow (of Portishead) was mixed by Rupert Coulson.
In a current ever connected world, with the mega-corps being Apple and the like.. this vision of the future doesn’t feel like it’s too far ahead.
In doing this review we don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet. Which is quite challenging as we so want to to talk about those bits..
The visuals – fairly stunning and as we’ve seen special effects really make this movie work in the current time in a way they couldn’t before.
Twenty minutes before the end – we heard – “come on . When does this end ?” … we stuck with it and glad we did.
Too many overly gratuitous shots .. perhaps .. And do they really add to the story?
If we were to swap the genders of the roles would full frontal male nudity have been as acceptable.
We leave thinking..
This will take time to simmer ..
The ideas will definitely ripple and for those that are interested in the question of reality and authenticity it poses some distinct viewpoints which are refreshing.
As our mum heard her mum say “Don’t believe a sausage by its skin.“