Ex Machina

Ex Machina

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Ex Machina

Young programmer Calbe (Domnhall Gleeson, About Time) joins a secret artificial intelligence experiment run by a brilliant scientist (Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis). As the pair develop and interact with the beautiful resulting robot (Alicia Vikander, A Royal Affair), mistrust and deception take hold. The directorial debut of Alex Garland (writer of The Beach, Sunshine and Dredd).

Best Visual Effects winner at the 2016 Academy Awards
2015Rating: R13, Nudity, offensive language & content that may disturb108 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Ex Machina turns out to be far wittier and more sensual than its coolly unblemished exterior implies...

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

It plays like Frankenstein meets Blade Runner via Hitchcock haunted by the ghosts of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations...

5.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Vikander’s spellbinding, not-quite-human presence (her synthetic skin is silky yet creepy) keeps us watching.

3.0
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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

This is bewitchingly smart science fiction of a type that’s all too rare. Its intelligence is anything but artificial.

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

With a sly dreaminess, Vikander steals the movie from the two males.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

The story falls out so predictably at every stage that it can be frustrating. It’s the details that are surprising, and purposefully alarming.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The story ends in a muddled rush, leaving many unanswered questions.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Stylish, elegant, tense, cerebral, satirical and creepy.

4.0
0

Very simple story, very rich dialogue. It uses only 7 interviews to demonstrate what is the Turin test. Wonderful.

4.0
0

A totally engrossing film from start to finish with superb performances from Gleeson, Isaac, and Vikander (what great movie is she not in these days?) With a taunt tale with lies and mysteries around every corner, this is a film that will entertain and have you mulling over the state of our tech saturated world for days to come. Brilliant!

5.0
0

The goal of making AIs more "human" is an interesting one. When it comes to humanity's less desirable qualities - greed, deception, betrayal - are we assuming we will always have the safety net of being the ones in control? The inventor in the film makes causal references to discarded prototypes and the promise of the new and improved - at what point, if...

4.0
0

It's amazing how far technology is going to take us. If it's this good looking, well helloooo! But seriously, if we are as smart as we are then I'm sure we are our own worst enemy. Thought provoking is what I call this movie. Because we can, should we? Computers that smart and sexy should be like a chrome espresso maker that knows exactly how I like my...

4.0
0

Nothing (and no one) is as it quite seems in this outstanding sci fi. And Alex Garland drops enough hints along the way to make this very clear from the get go, however it's never enough to give away the major plot changes. I thoroughly enjoyed the sinister feel of this film, and the way the exchanges between the three main characters became increasingly...

5.0
0

Ex Machina So he looks like that guy from ‘New Girl’ with a beard but actually he’s Blue from ’Sucker Punch’, & does a fantastic job acting in this film. Much like most AI movies, this was reminiscent of ‘A.I.’, ‘Her’ yet had great moments of 'iRobot', ‘Blade Runner’, Automata’, ‘Lawnmower Man’ and ‘Jobs’. Hard to believe it didn’t do well in the box...

4.0
0

Channeling Frankenstein, meets A.I., and Blade Runner, by way of Robert ‘father of the atomic bomb’ Oppenheimer, Ex Machina is my first hands-down 5 star movie of the NZIFF. The best cerebal sci-fi experience since Moon, Alex Garland proves he’s more than just the writer of The Beach and 28 Days Later – he’s a fine visual stylist too. His directorial debut...

5.0
0

I had high hopes, being an Alex Garland fan, but also a sense of trepidation, having seen The Beach. It was brilliant. As you'd expect from Garland, it's tense, unnerving and creepy, with the viewer unsuspectingly drawn in to the task of performing the Turing test.

4.0
0

Wow. The distributors have made a mistake by not showing this movie in New Zealand. What were they thinking? I was fortunate to see it on a flight to Los Angeles. I have not been drawn so far into a story this well done, for a long time. The script is tight and believable. The actors are so well cast they are able to develop the story with flawless...

5.0
0

I saw this film on pre-release 2 months ago. It is VERY clever, artistically interesting, visually gorgeous, edge of the seat thrilling, and rife with arguments that you can have with friends for weeks afterwards. One of the best sci fi films I've seen in years. So quite naturally, the distributors are yet to confirm a release date in NZ, despite 90%+...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Ex Machina turns out to be far wittier and more sensual than its coolly unblemished exterior implies...

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

It plays like Frankenstein meets Blade Runner via Hitchcock haunted by the ghosts of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations...

5.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Vikander’s spellbinding, not-quite-human presence (her synthetic skin is silky yet creepy) keeps us watching.

3.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

This is bewitchingly smart science fiction of a type that’s all too rare. Its intelligence is anything but artificial.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

With a sly dreaminess, Vikander steals the movie from the two males.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

The story falls out so predictably at every stage that it can be frustrating. It’s the details that are surprising, and purposefully alarming.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The story ends in a muddled rush, leaving many unanswered questions.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Stylish, elegant, tense, cerebral, satirical and creepy.

4.0
0

Very simple story, very rich dialogue. It uses only 7 interviews to demonstrate what is the Turin test. Wonderful.

4.0
0

A totally engrossing film from start to finish with superb performances from Gleeson, Isaac, and Vikander (what great movie is she not in these days?) With a taunt tale with lies and mysteries around every corner, this is a film that will entertain and have you mulling over the state of our tech saturated world for days to come. Brilliant!

5.0
0

The goal of making AIs more "human" is an interesting one. When it comes to humanity's less desirable qualities - greed, deception, betrayal - are we assuming we will always have the safety net of being the ones in control? The inventor in the film makes causal references to discarded prototypes and the promise of the new and improved - at what point,...

4.0
0

It's amazing how far technology is going to take us. If it's this good looking, well helloooo! But seriously, if we are as smart as we are then I'm sure we are our own worst enemy. Thought provoking is what I call this movie. Because we can, should we? Computers that smart and sexy should be like a chrome espresso maker that knows exactly how I like my...

4.0
0

Nothing (and no one) is as it quite seems in this outstanding sci fi. And Alex Garland drops enough hints along the way to make this very clear from the get go, however it's never enough to give away the major plot changes. I thoroughly enjoyed the sinister feel of this film, and the way the exchanges between the three main characters became...

5.0
0

Ex Machina So he looks like that guy from ‘New Girl’ with a beard but actually he’s Blue from ’Sucker Punch’, & does a fantastic job acting in this film. Much like most AI movies, this was reminiscent of ‘A.I.’, ‘Her’ yet had great moments of 'iRobot', ‘Blade Runner’, Automata’, ‘Lawnmower Man’ and ‘Jobs’. Hard to believe it didn’t do well in the box...

4.0
0

Channeling Frankenstein, meets A.I., and Blade Runner, by way of Robert ‘father of the atomic bomb’ Oppenheimer, Ex Machina is my first hands-down 5 star movie of the NZIFF. The best cerebal sci-fi experience since Moon, Alex Garland proves he’s more than just the writer of The Beach and 28 Days Later – he’s a fine visual stylist too. His directorial...

5.0
0

I had high hopes, being an Alex Garland fan, but also a sense of trepidation, having seen The Beach. It was brilliant. As you'd expect from Garland, it's tense, unnerving and creepy, with the viewer unsuspectingly drawn in to the task of performing the Turing test.

4.0
0

Wow. The distributors have made a mistake by not showing this movie in New Zealand. What were they thinking? I was fortunate to see it on a flight to Los Angeles. I have not been drawn so far into a story this well done, for a long time. The script is tight and believable. The actors are so well cast they are able to develop the story with flawless...

5.0
0

I saw this film on pre-release 2 months ago. It is VERY clever, artistically interesting, visually gorgeous, edge of the seat thrilling, and rife with arguments that you can have with friends for weeks afterwards. One of the best sci fi films I've seen in years. So quite naturally, the distributors are yet to confirm a release date in NZ, despite 90%+...

5.0
0