• Ex Machina (2015)

Ex Machina

Release Date: April 10th, 2015

R |1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) a programmer at a huge Internet company, wins a contest that enables him to spend a week at the private estate of Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), his firm's brilliant CEO. When he arrives, Caleb learns that he has been chosen to be the human component in a Turing test to determine the capabilities and consciousness of Ava (Alicia Vikander), a beautiful robot. However, it soon becomes evident that Ava is far more self-aware and deceptive than either man imagined.

Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno, Claire Selby, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Tiffany Pisani, Corey Johnson

Director: Alex Garland

Genres: Drama , Science Fiction , Thriller

Production Co: DNA Films

Distributors: A24

Keywords: Quest, Gripping, 2010s, Brooding, Creative

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A riveting sci-fi investigation into humankind's experiments with A.I. (with pages from Spike Jonze's Her and Stanley Kubrick's 2001), Ex Machina marks the extremely able directing debut of British writer Alex Garland, of the novels "The Beach" and "The Tesseract," and of the screenplays for Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" . . . and "Sunshine." show more

  • 60
    Stephen DaltonThe Hollywood Reporter

    The story ends in a muddled rush, leaving many unanswered questions. Like a newly launched high-end smartphone, Ex Machina looks cool and sleek, but ultimately proves flimsy and underpowered. Still, for dystopian future-shock fans who can look beyond its basic design flaws, Garland’s feature debut functions just fine as superior pulp sci-fi. show more

  • 65
    Inkoo KangTheWrap

    A chilly, yet engrossing drama, elevated beyond its four-people-locked-in-a-house framework by the eerie beauty of the production design and the thoughtful curiosity of Garland’s screenplay. show more

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Winner Visual Effects
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)