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