No rain or doves are included in this one. The film really does run the gamut of emotions, surprisingly funny one minute and gut-wrenchingly tense and weird the next, while the script twists and turns, constantly unsettling your assumptions about what will happen. A perfect setting for the subject that is explored in this tight, tense sci-fi thriller. This is done visually as many of the close-ups are seen through glass. It is big, beautiful, refreshing and vibrant. The effective keyboard score is by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury. Whilst mainly set inside Nathan's enclosed premise with no windows , the camera work is mounted aesthetically.Next
Her precise movements -walking, standing or stooping to pull on a pair of stockings- have just that slight tinge of the uncanny about them to suggest a mechanical skeleton, yet she is undeniably seductive. You can really understand Caleb's mental plight as she begins to show signs of a sexual interest in him! Rather, its focus and beauty lie in the subtle and nuanced performances of its tiny cast as the film explores what it means to be human. Now, middle-aged and extremely wealthy from his companies growing success, he lives a reclusive life at his custom-built smart house, which is insulated by intelligent automated features and billionaire gadgets. Whether she is a young-women coming of age during World War One Testament of Youth , a love-interest of a criminal Son of A Gun , or now a robot, she is outstanding. But for home watching its a problem.Next
Also hats off to the special effects crew led by Richard Conway since Ava is a miracle of visual effects. Writer Director Alex Garland has done an amazing job, it's beautifully shot, fantastically lit, intelligently written, brilliantly cast. The performances are excellent, most notably Alicia Vikander as the beguiling Ava, who absolutely passes for being 'almost human'. The acting is all up to snuff, with Isaac - this time hiding behind a Brian Blessed-style bushy beard - looking and acting for all the world like George Clooney. Ex Machina has a very fitting sense of false intimacy. The only other significant character in the film is Nathan's house maid Kyoko Sonoya Mizuno , who neither understands nor speaks English so drifts silently around offering various 'services'.Next
The less you know going into a film like this, the better your experience will be. He is leading a one-man research project into the development of an Artificial Intelligence. It is clean, cold and claustrophobic. For Domnhall Gleeson, the premise of his character is similar to that of his characters once played in Frank, or About Time? The film strikes the perfect balance of not spoon feeding and not dumbing down but not being too arty or intellectual just for the sake of it. An experiment that he classes as the greatest discovering of mankind; to test the world's first artificial intelligence system, which is housed inside the body of a beautiful robot girl Alicia Vikander. The film also makes a very distinct contrast between it's interior and exterior shots.Next
However, that is on the basis that Science Fiction is one of my favourite genres: I can see some audiences finding the philosophical plotting too slow and wordy to hold their interest. Thought-provoking and terrifyingly suspenseful, an induced state of paranoia may linger long after the end credits begin to roll. Travelling for many hours over his private estate via helicopter, he arrives at a remote mountain villa. She is also an excellent actress, having to reflect a wide range of emotions through little else than her eyes. Bates lives in the middle of the American wilderness in reality, a very picturesque Norway and in a property that actually exists BlueBook the Juvet Hotel.Next
No matter how close we get to the subject on-screen, there always seems to be at least one wall of glass between us and it or them. . It doesn't bombard you with effects or superficial action although the robot effects are exceptional. Best seen in a cinema I reckon. Outside of the facility is breathtaking landscapes. Now, in her third film this month, Alicia Vikander shows that she is able to tackle any form of performance with extreme clause. The pacing for the most part is measured, although one or two scenes might move a little slower than they need to.Next
Quiet dialogue scenes between two characters are filmed in such an impactful, making them feel hauntingly austere, sweet and innocent, or terrible and frightening, through meticulous use of composition, light and sound. Domhnall Gleeson also delivers a quiet and focused performance as Caleb, which reflects much of the film's over all style. Inside seems like an endless futuristic maze of glass, mirrors, plastic, chrome and dim lights. Now, writing and directing his feature debut, Garland proves that he has been paying attention and taking tips as he tackles a complex sci-fi thriller about artificial intelligence. A beautiful piano theme plays methodically, with often mix of silence setting the unique atmosphere. Having wrote the stories to some of his biggest hits, first-time director, Alex Garland, has spent a lot of time with the masterful Danny Boyle: working on such films as The Beach, 28 Days Later and Sunshine.Next
The writer and director is Alex Garland, and this is actually his impressive directorial debut. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. Where he meets Nathan Isaac? Ex Machina is the best science fiction film on artificial intelligence since Blade Runner. Addressing the concept that life is different at this remote location? I rarely do this because there is so much rubbish out there but I'm going to recommend a movie. The ending probably will not satisfy everyone, and admittedly left me a feeling a bit cold, but it certainly didn't follow the route I was expecting. The dialogue feels real and non-cliche. Like Ava, he is relatable, yet has this slight autistic aloofness about him, in complete contrast to the boorish, reckless Nathan Oscar Isaac.