Ex Machina

We went to see this film on Monday night. It came with high praise from a good friend of mine and rightly so.

In summary (lifted straight (ish)  from the film website):

This film comes from the writer/director Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) and is  a chilling vision of the not-too-distant future of artificial intelligence.

In the mountain retreat of a gifted internet billionaire, a young man takes part in a strange experiment: testing an artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a  robot girl. But the experiment twists into a dark psychological battle, where loyalties are torn between man and machine.

Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikandar and Sonoya Mizuno  lead the cast. 

Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a staff lottery at his job as a coder for major search engine Bluebook, he’s invited to the remote hideaway of reclusive CEO Nathan (Oscar Isaac). He’s been brought to conduct a Turing test on Ava (Alicia Vikander), an Artificial Intelligence (Ai) robot, to determine whether she has attained true A.I. Which would be all well and good, except Nathan’s an alcoholic, Ava may know more than she’s letting on, and Caleb is seemingly locked in the facility with no option to leave.

The film explores big ideas about the nature of consciousness, emotion, sexuality, truth and lies. 

I think I quite liked this film. It made me wonder about humanity and humans. It made me think that we are both very simple and complex at the same time. It ‘messes’ with the mind I, too wondered if Caleb was a robot. I could not tell where human ended and CGI began but I suppose that is always the way when one is sitting in the cinema.

The  end of the film  was interesting (and for me unexpected) and I thought – yeh! the plan worked – almost too perfectly. However then I wondered what is too perfect? Don’t we all want to thrive and survive or as fim website phrase it “there is nothing more human than the will to survive”. And then I thought maybe these AI robots are out there already – waking among us. I had to stop at that thought though and come back to reality!

My favourite bit in the film – the dance scene between Nathan and Kyoko. It was just so suprising and unexpected it made me laugh out aloud. Especially the look of shock and disbelief on Caleb’s face.

Will I be buying the DVD? Probably not, but if it is shown on TV on a rainy Sunday afternoon, I will be there with my duvet and cup of hot chocolate.

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