Ex Machina is about an employee of a Google-like company, Caleb, who wins a competition to go to the CEO’s estate and work for him for a week. There he learns he has been sent to administer the Turing test, to see whether or not the robot Nathan has created can pass as human.
This movie was captivating the whole way through. Rarely do I see a movie that I am entirely invested in from the first shot. The reason I rated this film so highly was it’s combination of visuals and scriptwriting. There are many films that only embody one or the other, like 12 Angry Men, or Avatar, but it is difficult to find a movie that combines the two successfully. In Ex Machina, not only do the two coexist, but they compliment each other. This is partially due to the director, Alex Garland, considering himself a writer before anything else. He is therefore able to make every angle and shot benefit the script in some way. The video below demonstrates his use of character in shots, but CONTAINS SPOILERS, do not see it unless you have already seen the movie.
Other than just the writing in general, the complex relationships between the characters was really well done. Each character has his/her own motives and is in someway not being honest with the other characters. For instance, Nathan wants this project to be successful, and doesn’t need anything more from Caleb than to administer the Turing test, but Caleb wants to use Nathan to free Ava. These relationships make the dialogue very interesting because it brings it beyond just what you’re seeing on screen to the motives behind the characters.
A sci-fi movie has to include some futuristic element to qualify, however many movies forget or don’t succeed in making the movie cerebral and broadening its reach. This is what makes Ex Machina a cut above the rest.
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%