A thinking man’s Sci-Fi movie with some problems.
Ex Machina is the story of a programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) who wins a trip to his boss’ (Oscar Issac) estate, and when he gets there he finds out that he is there to test an A.I. (Alicia Vikander) on if it could pass as a human or not. Let’s just say things don’t go according to plan. If you watched the trailer you have an idea of where the movie is going, and yes it is predictable but it is always interesting.
The movie, for the most part, revolves around the three main characters, their motivations, and their interactions with one another. When the movie focuses on character interaction is where it shines. The writing is smart and thought provoking as the characters theorize about what makes someone human and also the various questioning of each others intentions creates most of the tension throughout the movie. The film also has very good cinematography and utilization of colors and sound to add tension or lack there of to a scene.
The A.I. and the creator are the most interesting characters because it’s hard to pin down their actual feelings and what they’re trying to accomplish. Unfortunately our main character, Caleb, is kind of a bore. Caleb doesn’t necessarily act rationally or make intelligent decisions, even though in the movie he’s shown to be a rather smart guy. His character is not written in a way that you feel very sympathetic for or connected to him, but he is supposed to be the character the audience sees and feels everything through. There are also a few obvious things that happen in the movie that are presented as twists, so the ending feels a little deflating when what you’re expecting to happen does.
Overall the movie is very interesting throughout especially when talking about science, psychology, and human nature but suffers from strange character development and a predictable narrative. A solid movie for fans of Sci-Fi or those that want an intellectually engaging film.
Overall Score: 3.5/5 stars
This review is kind of short, but I’ll probably be writing more reviews now that I’m very close to being done with school!
Look for an Avengers review this weekend and don’t forget to like and share with friends and your parents. Especially your mom.