Making his directorial debut, Alex Garland (the writer behind 28 Days Later and Sunshine) brings to the big screen a masterfully brilliant and stylish new British sci-fi thriller called ‘Ex Machina’. Released last month at SXSW, Ex Machina was theatrically released in the US on April 10 and April 24 nationwide. Key actors in the movie are Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) and Alicia Vikander (Seventh Son).
Ex Machina follows Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) a programmer at an internet-search giant, who wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Once there, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test, charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtakingly beautiful A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, and more deceptive, than either of the two men could have imagined.
So far Ex Machina has garnered critical acclaim nationwide. Rotten Tomatoes has it rated at 90% positive reviews stating ‘…it’s still a visually polished piece of work — and an uncommonly engaging sci-fi feature‘. Other favorable reviews include:
‘Sizzlingly smart and agreeably sententious, Mr. Garland’s film transcends some all-too-human imperfections with gorgeous images, astute writing and memorably strong performances‘ — Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
‘Shrewdly imagined and persuasively made, Ex Machina is a spooky piece of speculative fiction that’s completely plausible, capable of both thinking big thoughts and providing pulp thrills. But even saying that doesn’t do this quietly unnerving film full justice.‘ — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
‘To dismiss Ex Machina as just another robot movie would be like calling the Grand Canyon a hole in the ground. It’s one of the most original, smart, thought-provoking science fiction movies of recent years.‘ — Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian
Ex Machina is rated R for for graphic nudity, language, sexual references and some violence and has a running time of 108 minutes. To view the trailer just click on the video attached or click here. Locally in the Evansville, IN/Henderson, KY area Ex Machina is playing at AMC Evansville, Showplace Cinemas & IMAX and Malco Cinema in Owensboro, KY. To learn more about Ex Machina visit the movie’s official site at meet-ava.com. You can also connect through Facebook at ExMachinaMovie, Twitter @ExMachinaMovie and Instagram @ExMachinaMovie.