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. The story is unique, and educated in its material giving complications, pros and cons to what computers can do with emotion. In fact, the setting and set design of the movie looks fantastic. With its low-budget feel, one does get lost in this world of isolation. But more on that later. In terms of acting, it is very limited, but with a short cast of characters, they are all very believable in who they portray. Especially Vikander who delivers a magnificent performance as Ava. The pacing is incredibly slow, but it builds tension and suspense as to what is going to happen next. The direction may be from a first-timer, but director Alex Garland pulls off something very unique and implausible, that it becomes a reality that one can get into. Finally, the music is reminiscent of something from Phillip Glass, and it works to its advantages here.
However, the movie does focus a little too much on atmosphere and visuals, but this is only a minor nitpick.
In conclusion, “Ex Machina” is movie that is definitely for those who want a little philosophy with their science fiction. It truly is a modern masterpiece of technological brilliance.