Monday, May 4, 2015

Ex Machina

A gifted programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) for a Google-like corporation wins a company coding contest and is flown to the wooded, mountainous , state of the art compound for what is ostensibly a week long getaway with the brilliant, reclusive, and hostile CEO (Oscar Isaac). In actuality, the contestant has been summoned for a series of meetings with a highly cognizant female form of artificial intelligence (Alicia Vikander), a Turing test to determine whether the cyborg can be viewed as indistinguishable from a human being. Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is sleek, intelligent sci-fi featuring strong performances from Gleeson and Isaac (both stars of the upcoming Star Wars movies) and quite a remarkable and easily overlooked one from Vikander, but the film lacks immediacy or a sense of urgency and the ongoings are fairly obvious.
** 1/2 out of ****