I’ve split my review of Ex Machina into two posts. This post is basically just my recommendation and some general thoughts on the movie. There may be a few minimal spoilers, but I won’t get into any major details or plot points. The second post will be a more in-depth look at the movie that will contain spoilers. The movie cover says it’s “a mesmerizing spellbinder” and “you’ve never seen anything like it.” Do I think that’s accurate? Absolutely.
This movie is absolutely fascinating. I highly recommend this movie, especially if you enjoy really thought-provoking science fiction. It really gets you thinking about artificial intelligence and the consequences of creating one that could truly be considered “human.” The performances by the three leads, Oscar Issac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander, are exceptional and help to draw you further into the story. I had heard that the CG was well done and now that I’ve seen it, I completely agree. The visual effects are amazing and very convincing, even though they’re not the focus of the film as is true with a lot of sci-fi. The true focus is on the ideas expressed throughout the story and on the interactions between the characters. As the story progresses, you begin to question what’s really going on and wonder about the true intentions of the characters. It’s presented very intelligently, but don’t let that deter you from seeing it. You don’t have to be a scientist to understand and enjoy this movie. I personally love when a movie challenges me and really makes me think after watching it. If you have the opportunity, you should watch Ex Machina with friends like I did. It’s a great discussion movie. I wish I had more to say in this post, but given the nature of the film, I can’t without giving a lot away. Overall, Ex Machina is one of the smartest sci-fi thrillers I’ve seen and I urge you to watch it before reading my second post (that should be up later this week). That’s all for now, see ya next time!