Best seen in a cinema I reckon. But for home watching its a problem. 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. This serves the story well, ramping up the tension as an age old Sci-fi plot-point emerges as covered by the trailer : how will a sentient machine feel about having its plug pulled. Outside of the facility is breathtaking landscapes. 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. He is leading a one-man research project into the development of an Artificial Intelligence.Next
No rain or doves are included in this one. Now, in her third film this month, Alicia Vikander shows that she is able to tackle any form of performance with extreme clause. A beautiful piano theme plays methodically, with often mix of silence setting the unique atmosphere. Look for a program called SoundLock. 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. Domhnall Gleeson also delivers a quiet and focused performance as Caleb, which reflects much of the film's over all style.Next
While Blade Runner is an action thriller that relies more on it's epic visuals to tell it's story, Ex Machina is a dialogue-driven psychological thriller that slowly works it's way under your skin. The movie is's self is engaging, thoroughly watchable, the characters are simple and yet layered with complexity. 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. For Domnhall Gleeson, the premise of his character is similar to that of his characters once played in Frank, or About Time? Not only is Ex Machina an amazing achievement for a directorial debut, it's Alex Garland's best written work to-date. 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.Next
Thought-provoking and terrifyingly suspenseful, an induced state of paranoia may linger long after the end credits begin to roll. 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. If you enjoyed this review, please see the multi-media version at bob-the-movie-man. It is clean, cold and claustrophobic. 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. You can really understand Caleb's mental plight as she begins to show signs of a sexual interest in him! They do this intentionally to create the shock and awe effect in movies theaters. 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.Next
Alex Garland has given us a modern science-fiction masterpiece. Taut, fascinating and simply intriguing. Ex Machina has a simple story dealing with a deeply complex and philosophical topic: namely what makes humans human. Featuring Domnhall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac, the stars of the upcoming Star Wars adventure, plus talented newcomer, Alicia Vikander? Like Ava, he is relatable, yet has this slight autistic aloofness about him, in complete contrast to the boorish, reckless Nathan Oscar Isaac. 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.Next
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. Travelling for many hours over his private estate via helicopter, he arrives at a remote mountain villa. Performances from all three leads are flawless and every other aspect of the production, from the cinematography to the soundtrack, is perfectly suited for the story. Addressing the concept that life is different at this remote location? 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. The less you know going into a film like this, the better your experience will be. But if you like your films deep and thought-provoking, as well as deliciously tense in places, then this might be for you. The pacing for the most part is measured, although one or two scenes might move a little slower than they need to.
Also hats off to the special effects crew led by Richard Conway since Ava is a miracle of visual effects. She is also an excellent actress, having to reflect a wide range of emotions through little else than her eyes. It doesn't bombard you with effects or superficial action although the robot effects are exceptional. The effective keyboard score is by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury. If disguised, would you know it is a robot? The film also makes a very distinct contrast between it's interior and exterior shots.Next
This is not a compression issue, this is exactly how the sound is in the original movie on BlueRay. Writer Director Alex Garland has done an amazing job, it's beautifully shot, fantastically lit, intelligently written, brilliantly cast. This is done visually as many of the close-ups are seen through glass. The dialogue feels real and non-cliche. Ex Machina has a very fitting sense of false intimacy.Next