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EX MACHINA

Ex Machina

Directed by Alex Garland, Starring Alex Garland, Corey Johnson, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Claire Selby, Symara Templeman, Sonoya Mizuno, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Tiffany Pisani, Elina Alminas
Written by Alex Garland, Corey Johnson, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Claire Selby, Symara Templeman, Sonoya Mizuno, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Tiffany Pisani, Elina Alminas
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Ex Machina

by Alex Garland
A Modern Horror Story for the Digital Age

It's hard to re-imagine Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for the digital era, yet Ex Machina delivers. Ex-Machina stars Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander. Writer/Director Alex Garland explores various ideas of life in the digital age. He takes these ideas and morphs them into new concepts. His film explores the dark side of technology. His film begins with Caleb winning a trip to vacation with his boss and idol, Nathan. Nathan lives in a secluded area filled and surrounded by nature and technology. Nathan is a Steve Jobs-like character. He constantly is pushing the boundaries of technology and Ethics. His most recent creation is Ava, an Android with superior artificial intelligence. However, Caleb quickly realizes he was invited for more nefarious reasons. He is brought in to initiate Turing's Test. To put it simply, is Ava capable of passing for human. Beyond Garland's story, Ex Machina is visually stunning. Each frame exudes beauty further drawing the viewer into the story. It's hard not to pause this film and find an ugly frame. The smaller cast allows each actor to shine evenly. No one actor steals the film. The viewer will find themselves in each of the actors at one point. Their loyalties transitioning as the film progresses. This film is an instant classic and invites itself to be viewed multiple times. Viewers will find themselves discussing much later after initial viewings. In many instances, people will find themselves suggesting it to friends and family. This film is great for the sci-fi, horror, thriller enthusiasts.

 
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A young programmer conducts an experiment in which he must evaluate the human qualities of a female A.I.

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
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    • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
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  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Sold by: HPB Tacoma
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  • Publisher: Lionsgate
  • UPC: 031398221159
  • Region: Region [unknown]


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  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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