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Ex Machina

Drama . Science Fiction . Mystery . Sci-Fi

Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.

Actors: Gana Bayarsaikhan , Symara A. Templeman , Claire Selby , Corey Johnson , Sonoya Mizuno , Alicia Vikander , Oscar Isaac , Domhnall Gleeson , Tiffany Pisani , Elina Alminas
Directors: Alex Garland
Country: UK
Release: 2015-04-24
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  • Oliver Lyttelton

    The picture is a triumph: it's arguably Garland’s tightest and most fascinating screenplay to date, brought to life with meticulous filmmaking and sensational performances. It's the first great film of 2015.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Rosie Fletcher

    It plays like Frankenstein meets Blade Runner via Hitchcock haunted by the ghosts of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, in a film that’s both highly literate and steeped in tense cat-and-mouse chills. Thematically epic – it demands to be seen at least twice and should fuel hours of debate — structurally it’s as lithe as Ava’s perfect mesh frame.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Kaleem Aftab

    The director ensures this chamber piece of moral conundrums never seems too heavy-handed; his fluids camera roams through each room so that at no time does the theatrical set-up feel like a limitation.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Craig Williams

    Ex Machina exposes the insecurity of the male ego by showing his lust for creation as simply another strand in the patriarchal power game. The film's trajectory forms a thrilling, exciting corrective.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    This is bewitchingly smart science fiction of a type that’s all too rare. Its intelligence is anything but artificial.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    Stylish, elegant, tense, cerebral, satirical and creepy. Garland’s directorial debut is his best work yet, while Vikander’s bold performance will short your circuits.

    Empire Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Ex Machina turns out to be far wittier and more sensual than its coolly unblemished exterior implies; it’s a trick that mirrors Ava’s own apparent Turing-test-defying evolution.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    With a sly dreaminess, Vikander steals the movie from the two males.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Trevor Johnston

    Vikander’s spellbinding, not-quite-human presence (her synthetic skin is silky yet creepy) keeps us watching. But an only-too-obvious ‘twist’ and some clunky plotting...drain much of the credibility from a story which promised so much.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Stephen Dalton

    The story ends in a muddled rush, leaving many unanswered questions. Like a newly launched high-end smartphone, Ex Machina looks cool and sleek, but ultimately proves flimsy and underpowered. Still, for dystopian future-shock fans who can look beyond its basic design flaws, Garland’s feature debut functions just fine as superior pulp sci-fi.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    A riveting sci-fi investigation into humankind's experiments with A.I. (with pages from Spike Jonze's Her and Stanley Kubrick's 2001), Ex Machina marks the extremely able directing debut of British writer Alex Garland, of the novels "The Beach" and "The Tesseract," and of the screenplays for Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" . . . and "Sunshine."

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Sizzlingly smart and agreeably sententious, Mr. Garland’s film transcends some all-too-human imperfections with gorgeous images, astute writing and memorably strong performances.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    A rare and welcome exception to that norm. Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Garland's original screenplay brims with intelligence, unafraid to let characters speak over our heads. Yet it remains a pulpy delight, due largely to its uniquely mad scientist.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    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.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's great when a movie messes with your head. And Ex Machina, screenwriter Alex Garland's directorial debut, does just that, pretty much from start to finish. The writer of "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine" purports to examine A.I., or artificial intelligence. What he's really after is something at once more exotic and more relatable — and infinitely less predictable: human nature.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    [Mr. Garland] plays with visual contrasts — Mr. Isaac’s compact, muscled body and Mr. Gleeson’s long, drooping one, picture windows that look out onto an expansively lush landscape and windowless rooms that register as upmarket prison cells — that dovetail with the narrative’s multiple, amusingly deployed dualities: confinement and liberation, agency and submission, mind and body.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    With a stellar cast and seductive look, Ex Machina is a sleek contraption for capturing our imagination.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    If you’re going to go all-in with the gorgeous and chilling and sometimes ludicrous Ex Machina, if you’re going to buy into the lofty debates and the wiggy humor and the borderline misogynistic notion of the perfect woman, you’ll have to check your logic at the ticket counter.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    With Ex Machina, Garland makes an impressive debut as a director, spinning an unsettling futuristic thriller with the expertise and exquisite taste of a seasoned veteran.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Alex Garland, the screenwriter of "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine," makes an auspicious directorial debut with this suspenseful mystery.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    It's a smart film about the shrinking divide between man and robot. It's also a hoot, an anti-comedy where all of the jokes double as threats, and vice versa.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    A rattling and ruminative piece of speculative fiction, Ex Machina is good enough to wish it were even better.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Ex Machina is a clever film with one indelible performance from Isaac.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The fact that Garland manages to cram in speculative ideas about the perils of a society that relies too heavily on technology is a bonus. In Ex Machina, love hurts, big time, for man and machine alike.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A sci-fi movie that actually has intelligent things to say about science — that’s all too rare. It’s what we get in Ex Machina.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    A note of paranoia creeps in that nods to classic film noir on one hand and baroque misogyny on the other. Or maybe this is just Garland’s dank idea of what men do when they’re left to their own devices: Create dream mates from the flayed skin of their fantasies.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    In the final analysis, the movie doesn't offer much about the subject that hasn't been previously explored, but the soil is fertile and many ideas germinate.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Alas, the movie cannot resolve its story in any sort of surprising or truly fresh way. Where's a good old-fashioned deus ex machina capper when you need it? It's worth seeing nonetheless.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Isaac's brilliant take on this bearded, buzz-cut and barefoot Dr. Frankenstein is a tour de force of shock and awe. Ex Machina springs surprises that will haunt you for a good long time.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Ex Machina is beautiful and ominous and features another delicately nuanced performance from Isaac, who’s quickly making a habit of them. But in the end, for all of Garland’s ambition, his reach winds up exceeding his grasp. The film is as synthetic as Ava.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Ex Machina is an “Island of Dr. Moreau” for the singularity era. It’s a cerebral, chilling and austere thriller that stokes our fears about digital privacy and artificial intelligence, a film that works largely thanks to a breakout mechanically empathetic turn by Alicia Vikander (“A Royal Affair,””Seventh Son”).

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Clever novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland makes a half-dandy directorial debut with Ex Machina, a sci-fi film that — like much of his work — fakes excitingly in the direction of breaking new ground before turning formulaic so fast.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    None of Ex Machina’s broad strokes are surprising: The story falls out so predictably at every stage that it can be frustrating. It’s the details that are surprising, and purposefully alarming.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    In the end, Ex Machina lives and dies by Alicia Vikander. The film clicks on when she first appears, and it dims every time she goes away.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Make no mistake, this is a film of ideas—sadder, quieter, more delicate than the Hollywood sci-fi standard.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    A chilly, yet engrossing drama, elevated beyond its four-people-locked-in-a-house framework by the eerie beauty of the production design and the thoughtful curiosity of Garland’s screenplay.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Ex Machina offers plenty of intriguing style but a spotty story line.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    It's a theme Mary Shelley brought us in "Frankenstein," which was first published in 1818. That was almost 200 years ago. And while Ex Machina replaces the stitches and neck bolts with gears and fiber-optics, it all feels an awful lot like the same story.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    This exquisitely acted, genuinely creepy minimalist drama does spin its wheels a bit before a cool conclusion. But the movie has a spark of creativity not seen in “Chappie” or “Eva,” two of the recent robots-among-us flicks.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    In the end, more than just the machine remains an enigma.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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