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Ex Machina


Ex Machina movie poster

A young programmer is selected to participate in a groundbreaking experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.

RATING (As of this Writing)
8/10 Rotten Tomatoes
7.7/10 IMDb

Science Fiction, Mystery & Suspense

Alex Garland

Alex Garland

1 hr. 48 min

Domhnall Gleeson … Caleb
Corey Johnson … Jay
Oscar Isaac … Nathan
Alicia Vikander … Ava
Sonoya Mizuno … Kyoko

This is a good film. What I really like about it is that it got more ideas than special effects.
Ex Machina is a story of a programmer (Caleb) who was chosen by his employer (Nathan) to conduct a Turing Test to one of the androids (Ava) he built with Artificial Intelligence (AI), which by the way is in the form of a female person with a pretty face. During the course of Caleb’s sessions with Ava, they formed a closeness (or so he thought).

Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac

Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac

“It is a rare thing to see a movie about science that takes no prisoners intellectually … It is a stylish, spare and cerebral psycho-techno thriller, which gives a much needed shot in the arm for smart science fiction.” New Scientist

Some of the things in the movie that made me ponder are: (1) Why would you bind a robot with sexuality? (2) How to capture human emotions? (3) How to make a robot charming? And in this film, Turing Test was conducted with the robot and the human facing each other. They have face-to-face interaction.

Also in the film, it was shown how fragile human beings can be. With a stab, our body can fail us. We, humans, can be blinded by our emotions. We trust easily. Whereas androids can detect lie, can repair themselves, etc. This has been debated and still being debated but do you think there will come a time when androids, robots, bots, whatever you call them surpass human intelligence?

This is a must-see independent film. It relied heavily on ideas than special effects. It’s engaging and thought-provoking.

So, what do you think ?