Ex Machina : Movie Review


A young coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private retreat belonging to the reclusive CEO of the company. On arrival he learns that he must participate in a bizarre experiment which involves interacting with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, which comes in the form of a beautiful female robot. – Universal Pictures



In writer/director Alex Garland’s thought-provoking new film, we meet Ava (Alicia Vikander), an artificially-intelligent robot. Ava’s creator, genius tech billionaire Nathan (Oscar Isaac), has asked his employee Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) to determine whether Ava’s thinking is indistinguishable from a human’s. Until she meets Caleb, Ava has only ever met her maker and one other woman. (Hence the failing of the Bechdel Test, which stipulates that a movie must feature two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.) Her existence, and her ability to learn how to interact, is a fascinating study of what makes us human.

Ex Machina is fascinating, the selection of Domhall Gleeson was not random, the test was not programmed, the outcome was not envisaged and the emotional ties between gender and a foundational compromise of domhall’s upbringing allowed this movie a grade that equates intelligence and professionalism. It was a great watch, started off slowly, but then it gains moment on a very intellectual capacity. The genius in the movie is not meant for the easily distracted as it requires some “sorting the puzzle time”, a must watch for all IT techs and people in the computer field. There is no official release date for the movie in South Africa, but it is available on Demand from Online Movie Demand sites.

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