Ex Machina

Ex Machina ★★★★

Directed by Alex Garland, writer of fantastic films such as Sunshine and Never Let Me Go, Ex Machina is no different. It's crammed with fully formed ideas, cleverly interwoven themes, humour and a satirical edge thrown in for good measure. Its direction has clarity and confidence. There are undoubtedly shades of Steven Spielberg's "A.I: Artificial Intelligence" and Spike Jonzes' "Her" in Ex Machina yet the ideas and designs on display are so distinct and original.

It stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, the definitive show stealer however, is Swedish actress Alicia Vikander. She plays Ava, a man-made humanoid artificial intelligence. She portrays the naivety of a sentient being with sharply distinct mannerisms and inflections.

Ex Machina is a refreshing sci-fi thriller. There are no action sequences just the display of interesting relevant and complex concepts and ideas through its characters and narrative structure completely bolstered by the strength of its vision.

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