in about 100 words or less
UK 108m, Colour
Director: Alex Garland; Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, SonoyaMizuno
Ex Machina is a cerebral science fiction thriller that explores the concept of artificial intelligence through a series of discussions between Ava, a humanoid machine, and Caleb, the winner of a contest who is to test the machine’s ability for intelligent behavior that is equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human being. As the employee of the world’s largest search engine, whose reclusive CEO designed and built Ava, Caleb discovers more than he bargains for at Nathan’s high security research facility. As an increasingly popular subject in recent years, with films such as Her (2013), Ex Machina is a tightly scripted thriller than manages to be as intelligent as it is entertaining (Klaus Ming May 2015).