Ex Machina: Final Preview

Posted by The Daily Zombies Saturday, April 11, 2015

Brace yourself for the ultimate Turing Test in Ex Machina as acclaimed writer Alex Garland unleashes his debut feature film that, of course, explore the fine line between man and machine. 

The last time we excitedly welcome what appeared (at that time) to be a return to the good ol' sci-fi trope exploring the philosophical and ethical line between man and machine, we were looking at Automata, starring a very bald Antonio Banderas with Spanish film-maker Gabe Ibáñez at helm. For those who have seen the film, it is very likely that you share our underwhelmed sentiments with the eventual lackluster execution of what originally begun with a intriguing premise. So it does appear that we have nowhere else to look to for one of our particular favorite sub-genre of sci-fi literature than this month's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Until the release of this one film struck us.

We really don't know how we totally missed out the coming of Ex Machina, a sci-fi film first released in the UK back in January and premiered in US at South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. And more importantly, opening officially stateside since 10th April 2015. First and foremost, when acclaimed writer Alex Garland decide to actually direct a film himself, and especially when it is a sci-fi film, we take notice. And while we still can't figure out how we can miss this one, we are just glad that it existed. 

The directorial debut of Garland, Ex Machina played out the ominous sci-fi theme of artificial intelligence in the form of psychological thriller anchored by a young employee (Domnhall Gleeson) who won the chance to spent the weekend with his boss, a billionaire programmer/entrepreneur (Oscar Isaac). Unwittingly walking into a web of intrigue involving a Turing Test for an actual robot with an angelic face (Alicia Vikander), Gleeson eventually fell into a complicated love triangle exploring the essence of man.

With no further ado, check out the creepy trailer right below.


A featurette exploring the themes of the film.

Official images from the film.

Official posters for the film.

International posters.

Here's the official synopsis for the film:

Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

Originally released in UK earlier this year, Ex Machina is currently available at all fine cinemas in United States.


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