Full Movie Reviews
Yojimbo - wrote on 12/27/2016
A young programmer wins a lottery to spend a week at his reclusive employer's top secret research facility, little knowing he would be responsible for assessing an advanced artificial intelligence in the form of a robot with the face of a beautiful woman.
Ex Machina is a psychological thriller that explores the themes of individuality, sense of self, the morality of artificial intelligence and sexuality. An action extravaganza it is not; and it is all the better for the fact. It's one of those stories that plays with your perceptions, meaning that you never quite sure who is the "bad guy" and who is the good. Oscar Isaac muddies the line between affable drunk and sinister narcissist with skill and Alicia Vikander is completely believable as the sweet and innocent robotic heroine. The …
cinegeek.de - wrote on 03/08/2016
Bei wahrer Science Fiction geht es um Ideen, was wiederum heisst, dass echte Science Fiction Filme rar sind. Was es dagegen mehr als genug gibt, dass sind solche Filme mit Science Fiction Beigeschmack: Der drückt sich aus in futuristischen Designs und irgendwelchen satirisch soziologischen Betrachtungen unserer Zukunft. Vergessen wird aber viel zu oft: Das Ungewöhnliche! Ex Machina, das Debüt des Schriftstellers und Drehbuch-Autoren Alex Garland aber gehört zu den willkommenen Ausnahmen. Es beginnt wie ein Thriller mit einem Forscher, der menschliche Intelligenz erschaffen hat und offenbar unter einer gestörten Persönlichkeit leidet (Oscar Isaac). Ein junger Programmierer, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), wird ausgewählt, dem Experiment menschlicher Intelligenz in Robotern beizuwohnen. …
Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/29/2015
Alex Garland has managed to do something that is rarer and rarer these days: craft an original story that is not only outstanding - but truly elevates the genre. A.I. films have come and gone, but few reach both the emotional and philosophical depths that Ex Machina explores.
If you are looking for a film where there is a lot of action, this is not your film. The film really only concerns four characters (one of whom is mute) and most of the time they are talking. However, these conversations serve to open up some interesting doors in terms of humanity and technology - doors others films just leave closed. It helps that Garland has some top-notch talent to bring these characters to life.
First is Alicia Vikander - a relative newcomer, and a someone I see great things in the future. …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 07/12/2015
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 …
ikkegoemikke - wrote on 05/23/2015
"The challenge is not to act automatically. It's to find an action that is not automatic. From painting, to breathing, to talking, to f*cking. To falling in love... "
Something that really fascinates me, is whether we'll ever be able to develop artificial intelligence. Each film about this subject gets my complete attention anyway and can count on my unconditional enthusiasm. I don't know why and what attracts me the most in those movies. Is it just curiosity about the question if someone will ever succeed in developing such a machine? Will artificial intelligence cause the downfall of humanity as some prominent scientists profess (Hawking for instance claims this) ? Is such a self-discursive machine capable of showing real feelings and respond in a human way? And after seeing the …
Matthew Brady - wrote on 05/19/2015
You see Chappie you could have been like Ex Machina with it's clever storytelling and interesting character's but no you have to run off with the gangs and become a A-hole didn't you Chappie, such a disappointment. I'm sorry I got to get that out there.
The story is about a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, 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.
Every review for Ex Machina has been amazing, I haven't came across a review that gived it a …
Robby Kronemeyer - wrote on 05/18/2015
This movie may be my favorite of 2015 so far. It makes you think you know what's going on and just when you think you have it all figured out you soon realize you have everything wrong. Oscar Isaac is brilliant as Nathan. He adds humor and horror and everything to this movie. And Alicia Vikander is astounding as Ava. She makes you believe she is this cyborg thing. And the chemistry in this movie is spot on. You believe in the love Ava and Caleb have and "SPOILER ALERT" when she betrays him you are left utterly amazed. This movie is every genre you can think of wrapped into one. This movie is written perfectly and the directing is nice too. The writer/director Alex Garland isn't somebody I've ever heard of, but I'll be watching him for now on to see what he's doing next. There isn't much …
Snoogans - wrote on 05/11/2015
This subtle thriller builds it's tense atmosphere quietly through conversation. The actions of the three characters are based on their hidden agendas and assumptions towards each other. My perception of who was playing who varied as the second half progressed. This three way mind-game drew me in with it's perfect pacing of the reveals. An increasing uncomfortable feeling pulses in the background until the release of dread in the finale. The climax almost borderlines on horror. It intrigues, as well as disturbs, in the most simply effective way. The dialogue is terrifically written, being both highly scientific and easily accessible at the same time. The technological/human subtext is woven perfectly into the narrative. It has a much more fascinating and sophisticated commentary …