“From it’s deep concepts exploring what makes us human, challenging notions such as love to the stunning and faultless CGI elements the film is a deep and thoughtful masterpiece.”

Ex-Machina (2015)
by Simon Jago @simonjagouk

Certificate: 15
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Domhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac
Director(s): Alex Garland
Screenwriter(s): Alex Garland
Running Time: 108 mins

Ex Machina, as in Deus ex Machina meaning the arrival of something unexpected or implausible brought into the story line to resolve a situation and not as most people are pronouncing X Machine-A because it has a machine on the poster unfortunately features too much science fiction to win it an Oscar nomination. However, in my opinion Ex Machina is genuinely all round one of the best films I’ve seen in years.

PLOT
Caleb (Domhall Gleeson) working as a programmer for a large “google” like search engine wins a competition to spend a week with his boss the CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac) in his remote countryside retreat. Once he arrives he realises he’s been brought there to engage in experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl Ava (Alicia Vikander).

SIMON SINGS IT’S PRAISES
Ex Machina is a truly gripping film. From it’s deep concepts exploring what makes us human, challenging notions such as love to the stunning and faultless CGI elements the film is a deep and thoughtful masterpiece. Exploring the almost impossible task of assessing whether artificial intelligence is true becomes a minefield and a head fuck for the main character Caleb and also the audience. The perplexing questions of whether Ava can really think and feel emotions towards Caleb or is she simply simulating gets your really contemplating the ultimate evolution of humanity and the artificial mind.

Deliciously disturbing Oscar Isaac’s character Nathan provides beautiful power plays with Caleb throughout that have you feeling uncomfortable and on the edge of your seat from start to finish. His rise to power through developing is globaly successful search engine ‘Blue Book’ plays on some bewitching concepts about human online behaviour in reality. The film tackles some very intellectual issues such as the mundane activity of using a search engine like “google” can give big corporations a way to optimise advertisement depending on your search engine behaviour. By the way how did you find this review? They are watching you!!! I jest but this is an issue that confronts society on a day to day basis and the film doesn’t so much as transform this concept into something new but pulls back the curtain to reveal the real truth and potential of this analysis. The revelation of not what people are thinking but how they are thinking.

Ex Machina keeps you guessing and superbly delivers on a thought provoking and unpredictable ending.

RATING
A stunning film that really gets the mind thinking without being confusing. Very rarely do I dish out top makes but the film is pretty much flawless. It’s critical views about the authenticity of love and feelings makes it a must see, unless your on a date and then it might jeapordise your chance of getting laid afterwards.

5 STARS