Ex Machina

Plot: Caleb is led to believe he’s won a contest when he’s allowed to spend a week at a remote underground facility, led by a CEO called Nathan. He realises he’s been brought down there to test the consciousness of a robot called Ava.

Year: 2015

Director: Alex Garland

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Sonoya Mizuno.

The film starts off kind of slow and you have to get used to the feel of it. It’s quiet and remote and kind of beautiful because of its simplicity. It’s very clean and modern and the lighting is high key to represent that cleanliness of the setting. It also represents the wealth of the character owning the facility. The film feels quite long even though it was only about one hour 50 minutes but I think that’s because it’s slow and you just watch as these characters move forward in time. There’s no real progress really until near the end.

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I thought it was kind of creepy, the robots were just standing behind closed doors not moving or doing anything, which made me see Nathan as creepy because he’s the one that creates these robots. Throughout the film, I thought it was going to turn out that way. I thought he was going to be creepy and evil but he wasn’t. You hate him right up until the end and then you feel sorry for him. I really didn’t connect with these characters or like them so when the robot locked Caleb in and left, I didn’t really have any sympathy. I didn’t really care.

It was a very interesting and intriguing film and it was entertaining. I’m not going to watch it again but it passed the time when I was bored. I liked the ending because it wasn’t a happy one. It was a deceived one. As an audience, you feel deceived because she makes you trust her and then turns on you. That’s the best part about this film.

Rating: 7/10.

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