ex machina trailerIf you're a fan of the sci-fi genre, then 2014 has been something of a blessing. There has been a glut of top shelf sci-fi movies released this year, from the Tom Cruise intergalactic war movie "Edge of Tomorrow," to the thoughtful eeriness of "Under the Skin," to the creepy body-snatching of "Honeymoon," to the wonderful socio-political commentary of "Snowpiercer" to the balls-out fun of "Guardians of the Galaxy." All of these movies are magic. And they call came out this year. Thankfully, it looks like this winning streak is going to continue into 2015, with the first trailer for Alex Garland's "Ex Machina" already blowing our minds.

Garland, if you're unfamiliar with his work, was once a cerebral novelist whose cult book "The Beach" was adapted by Danny Boyle and Leonardo DiCaprio. That chance encounter with Boyle, though, started a second wind to his career, with Garland writing two terrific movies for Boyle – the zombie re-imagining "28 Days Later" and the sorely underrated space movie "Sunshine." After his time with Boyle, Garland worked with Mark Romanek on the acclaimed adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go" and penned the more-fun-than-anything "Dredd." Now Garland is back, with his directorial debut, and it looks awesome.

As explained in the trailer, "Ex Machina" concerns a wealthy but reclusive "search engine CEO" (hmm) played by Oscar Isaac, who invites a contest winner (Domhnall Gleeson) to his estate to engage in a test for his new artificial intelligence creation, Eva (the painfully adorable Alicia Vikander from "A Royal Affair"). Things, somewhat predictably, go pretty wrong and by the looks of the trailer, are totally trippy indeed. And yes - this is your first chase to see two "Star Wars: Episode VII" actors together!

Other reasons that "Ex Machina" should be one of your most anticipated movies of the new year: the robot was designed by noted British comic book artist and illustrator Jock and the score was composed by Geoff Barrow from defining British trip hop act Portishead. I want this now.

The movie is out in England in January but doesn't hit the states until April 10th, which, given its American distributor (A24) means that it is going to premiere at SXSW or I'll eat my hat.