Movie Reviews: 'Ex Machina'

Ex Machina (Review)

By Dylan Brown and Matt O'Bryant

EX Machina is an original sci-fi film written and directed by Alex Garland. Oscar Issac’s character is creating an A.I played by Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson is brought in to test her.

Right away you see the painstaking detail that the creative team went through to build the set, costumes, etc. The acting is amazing Alicia Vikander gives an absolutely incredible performance  and Oscar Isaac kills it as Nathan. Domhnall Gleeson really isn’t that memorable, but is serviceable in his role.

Sci-fi fans will be extremely happy with this film, the director for the look and feel of the film pulls from other great sci-fi directors like Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and even Stanley Kubrick.  Although this film is in a very intimate setting, much like being inside the spaceship in 2001: Space Odyssey.  

The lead character played by Domhnall Gleeson is during much of the film feeling uneasy about the situation and as the film progresses without giving any spoilers away he begins to start questioning more and more his reason for being there.  The film does a really nice job of giving the audiences that claustrophobic feel throughout, and only very rarely does the audience get to check out the outside world.  The audience never really knows the time setting of the film, is it modern day or in way into the future.  The film never really let's you know anything about the outside world.

Even thought this film was made on a very small budget the director somehow makes you feel as though you are watching a very expensive albeit small studio sci-fi film.

The film at many times will make you feel very uncomfortable in the way we think of our human nature.  Our human nature in terms of what it means to have a sexuality and to be sexually attracted to someone or something.

Towards the end of this film you actually start to kind of think maybe everything we know in our daily life is fake, maybe we are all a test.  If our life somehow was just a test from an outside source, and not knowing for sure who or what we are! Perhaps what we think we know about ourselves, our past, isn't real?  Could it all just be some sort of a computer program, could we all be some form of advanced AI, maybe, maybe not?

This movie is a real treat and really makes you think. The only real weakness is pacing. At times it feels lagging but doesn’t really detract.

Our overall Rating for Ex Machina is 4.5/5 STARS.