Month: April 2015

Ex Machina (2015)

 We have come so far in our technology that we have almost created artificial intelligence. So much to the point where we have almost managed to make full conversations with these creations. But what happens when the conversations turn into a relationship that the other party can’t get out from? That’s what happens in “Ex Machina”, a sci-fi film that will definitely make one think about where we might be going in the wrong direction of artificial intelligence. The film explores deep philosophical questions about what might go wrong when A.I. starts to have and create relations on their own. “Ex Machina” is a brilliant science fiction tale that delivers deep questions into our own mechanical society. The story has a computer programer named Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) going to an isolated area inhabited by another programmer named Nathan (Oscar Isaac). Nathan has invented a robot that will see if it can inhabit human qualities. The catch is that the robot is female, and its name is Ava (Alicia Vikander). Through a series of sessions, both Caleb and Ava start to form a relationship, but something doesn’t seem right. Caleb wants to learn more about what his true purpose is in this experiment, and what will Ava do to change human conscience. “Ex Machina” is a brilliant science fiction film that deserves all the praise that it has been getting....

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Unfriended (2015)

 We live in a world where technology pretty is now a part of our daily lives. Case in point, having the ability to communicate through our computers. But what happens when having a conversation with friends on the computer starts to get ugly? By this, a question is asked: can the dead hack into our computers and reveal terrible secrets about our friends? That is the premise of the horror film “Unfriended”, a movie that uses its subject material to its advantage in shocking ways. While film itself is suspenseful and mysterious, there are some problems that cannot be ignored. “Unfriended” is a social commentary about what happens when a prank goes to far on the Internet, and consequences are severe. The plot involves a group of friends having a conversation via Skype. Unbeknownst to them, the spirit of their dead friend has come to join in the chat as well. What follows is what follows is everyone trying corroborate just what is going on. All the while, their friend is forcing them to tell the truth about one year ago when a girl named Laura Barnes committed suicide. Everyone tries to mitigate, but no one is safe online. “Unfriended” is a horror film that uses the marketing for this movie to its advantage. The story keeps the audience glued to the mystery at hand, as well as having...

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