Flash Movie Review: Ex Machina

It drives me crazy when a computer function does not work. On the monitor a small warning pops up and tells me the procedure failed; then has the nerve to make me press the “okay” button like I have a choice. I want to say no, it is not okay now fix it. The way I look at it I want computers to correct themselves if they are so smart. Now intelligently I understand they cannot think for themselves, but it certainly seems we are going in that direction. With the variety of electronic devices we use these days, some of our computers know more about ourselves than our family or friends. Instead of typing we can talk to our computers, use sign language and maybe soon facial recognition. Just this morning on the news I saw a report of a robot with a human face that has over 40+ pulleys underneath so the robot can provide visual facial cues besides verbal ones. I have to tell you it creeped me out a bit. Maybe it is because of all the science fiction movies I have seen; but the smarter computers are becoming the more concerned I am of their power. There is all this talk about artificial intelligence; do you ever think there will be a time where a computer will refuse one of our requests? It is a frightening thought and this dramatic science fiction film does not make me feel any better about it.    WINNING a company contest computer programmer Caleb, played by Domhnall Gleeson (Unbroken, About Time), won a week at the company CEO’s remote private residence. Upon his arrival he discovered he would be testing a new form of artificial intelligence never seen before and her name was Ava, played by Alicia Vikander (Seventh Son, A Royal Affair). This film festival winning movie quickly drew me in with its crisp sleek look. I enjoyed how the scenes blended in with the soundtrack to create a buildup of tension. The acting was excellent from everyone, particularly by Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year, Robin Hood) as Nathan. He had a commanding presence on screen. For the majority of the film the script kept my interest; there were only a few parts that seemed to deflate and slow down. For such a modern and relevant story, there was an exciting old fashioned type of cat and mouse mystery game going on which was captivating. This picture had the type of science fiction story that could be considered closer to reality than fiction, which was a scary thought to me. I kept thinking about this movie after it was over. After you see this film you may get a better understanding about my fears when it comes to smart computers. There were a couple of brief scenes with blood.


3 1/4 stars 

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 21, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. This film sneaked up on me. I don’t remember any developmental news about it on RottenTomatoes.com. Anyway, I look forward to seeing it. The trailer is quite impressive!

    • I am glad I could surprise you with this movie. It was only playing at a couple of theaters in my area; I hope you get to see it and when you do I would enjoy hearing your take on it. Thanks for stopping by to leave your comments.

  2. Now THIS is something I’d like to watch!

  3. This movies is so much up my alley! I’ll have to look for it!! Thank you for the great review. If I do see it, I’ll definitely let you know!

  4. Theatre of Pain

    I’m really looking forward to this one!

  5. I was very disturbed with this movie from a feminist perspective and when I looked up some reviews I found I wasn’t alone. I am tired of the same old message wrapped up in different packaging. Some say because of the ending it was a victory for feminism, but when a woman needs to resort to the same old tactics to break free I don’t see that as a victory. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts about that aspect of the film.

    • Because I avoid reading other reviews I was not aware of the feminist angle of this film. I took it more at face value, but I wonder if the movie would have worked if the company employee and the robot (I’m trying not to say too much about the film for those who have not seen it yet) roles were gender switched. I would have preferred if the robot was simply a guest of the owner. Thank you for bringing this topic to my attention; I do want to investigate it to see if I can expand my awarenesses if they have become jaded towards this issue.

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