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Ex Machina 
Ex Machina review
4/4 stars

Ava: "Isn't it strange, to create something that hates you?" The film reminded me of a cross between Her Surrogates, Terminator tendencies and a Hitchcockian I, Robot. The special effects, screenplay and cinematography were just exceptional. No major actors or actresses but the story, scenery's and twist definitely compensates. It starts with an employee winning a competition to spend time with their CEO. Caleb is a talented coder who is tasked to test Ava, a unique robot with advanced A.I. The film is paced well with appropriate character development. Even the soundtrack is diverse from O.M.D's Enola Gay, a well choreographed disco dance and Nathan's classical workout. House is so high-tech which reminded me of Gone Girl. The difference between Ex Machina and Her? The impeccable acting from Her is just topnotch which makes you engaged. The storytelling and intellectual writing is somewhat advantageous for Ex Machina.

So many dialogue-zingers that would make one ponder afterwards: "The challenge is not to act automatically. It's to find an action that is not automatic." (from Nathan which suggests that one should not over-analyze everything but rather thru gut feel and not being uptight), "No matter how rich you get, sh*t goes wrong." (Nathan is right, nobody is spared when things don't go your way), "I am become death, destroyer of the worlds." (from Caleb who implies that Nathan's creation of the Artificial Intelligence is of global consequence event that could impact the world). The picture suggests that A.I. when tampered may have detrimental effects. An erotic sci-fi thriller that is cleverly written, well-budgeted for the settings/effects and realistically acted. It encompasses various genres and shows how film can create a nice impression even without name stars.


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