Ex Machina – A dream in black and white


Ex Machina intrigued me just by reading it’s synopsis and there was only one word I could think of to describe it: unsettling. Ex Machina is a spectacular sci-fi take on Artificial Intelligence. While the subject was popular and used constantly ever since we invented the concept of Artificial Inteligence, Ex Machina wins at least two major points: the scenography of the movie and the amazing acting. You will never feel that you see actors doing their stuff. Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson are so good with their roles that I had the feeling I witness something both amazing and terrifying. You can actually see the genius madness into Nathan’s eyes.  If that’s not great acting, I don’t not what is.

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The movie debuts with Caleb, a young programmer who works for Bluebook, an internet giant, the movie’s version of Google. The young coder is selected to participate to an exclusive Turing Test for a newly created AI. He is invited by the the company’s CEO, Nathan, to his remote research facility somewhere in the middle of nowhere. (The amazing house from the film is actually in Norway.)

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The uncomfortable feeling  of the movie begins as soon as Caleb enters the facility, You get the clear sensations that this is not going to be a fairy tale. And it isn’t. Caleb is genuinely excited about the opportunity to be the person chosen to perform the test, as well as scared that he has to meet the CEO of the company he works for.

The movie follows the way the relationship between Caleb and Ava develops. Ava is the android who’s put at test as Caleb must decide if her self-consciousnesses is real or not. I won’t get into much more details plot wise – but you have to trust me on this one – there are some weird, twisted things happening inside that facility. And the fact that there are only a handful of characters in Ex Machina, that creates the perfect opportunity for some really deep philosophical and scientific discussions.

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Ex Machina is a visual delight and some hard to digest food for thought, as this subject is more actual than ever. Should we really create something that outsmarts us? The renowned physicist Stephen Hawkins warned us that creating artificial intelligence will most likely lead to the extinction of the human species. What a cheerful thought! I wouldn’t mind a sequel to this one to be honest. Did you guys liked Ex Machina? It was one of the best movies I’ve seen lately.

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