So today I’ll talk about a movie that I’ve watched recently and who’s stucked in my mind ever since that day: EX_MACHINA.
EX_MACHINA is a psychological, science fiction thriller written and directed by Alex Garland in 2015. This movie won the 88th Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and has been recognized as one of the ten best independent movies of the year. EX_MACHINA won many awards, overall 20 awards.
This science fiction movie deals with AI, technology progress and their human sides. There’s tree main characters: Ava the AI, Nathan Bateman who is Ava’s creator and the CEO of a successful software compagny (Blue Book) and Caleb Smith, a very skilled Programmer who works for this compagny.
EX_MACHINA is composed of 6 sessions with Ava, which is a very original concept, and every sessions shows us more of Ava’s capacity as a AI and reveals more of her human side too, Ava is really impressive and really looks like a real woman with her facial expressions. The main thing who remind us that she’s a humanoid robot is their robotic parts.
The plot start with Caleb, who won a one-week visit to the isolated but very luxurious home of Nathan. The CEO of Blue Book seems to be very discreet and secretive since he has been working on a futuristic project for few years. At first Caleb thinks he won this contest only for a little break from work, but in fact Nathan tells him that he has been working on a project (Ava) for a long time and needs someone to judge if Ava is genuinely capable of thought and consciousness and if he can relate to it despite the fact that he knows that it’s an artificial robot. More the sessions goes and more Caleb is truly fascinated and attracted to Ava (maybe a bit too much), just like us he’s fooled by Ava’s intelligence.
Nathan’s home is really huge, modern and is based on futuristc houses, every doors are controled by robotic assistances. Nathan gave a card to Caleb which is only able to open his room, nothing else. This element add to Nathan’s mysterious side who can be really nice with his guest when he want to but also very distant…
Ok so I won’t talk more about it because I truly think it’s a great movie and that you guys really should watch it and judge it all by yourself. The thrill is really present and the visual effects are incredibly well made I was amazed by all the work put in it. Normally science fiction movies aren’t my thing, but I think this movie is an exception. I REALLY advise you to watch it, I think you won’t be desappointed! 😉
Here’s the trailer in case you want to know more about it, but I honestly don’t advise you to watch it entirely if you want to see this movie because I think it spoil the entire story which is really too bad.