Ex Machina

“compulsively watchable…and it’s got Oscar Isaac as its star…which lately has been a resounding win/win” — As we move closer and closer to a surveillance state, as AI programs like IBM’s Watson come to the market with new ways to parse and analyze “Big Data,” is it any wonder that our fascination (and concern) with artificial life continues to grow?

Reviewed by Mark Leonard

Artificial intelligence, and artificial life, are proving to be huge at the box office this year. “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, “Jurassic World”, “Chappie”, “Terminator: Genisys”–hey, those latter two underperformed domestically, but raked in much more overseas. So, at the very least, there seems to be a 2015 trend in fascination with thinking beasts–and especially thinking machines. And quite possibly the best of the plethora of  A.I. focused releases, is Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina”. It’s compulsively watchable, even after it confines most of its run time to a smattering of “underground” set pieces. Oh, and it’s got Oscar Isaac as its star…which lately has been a resounding win/win. It is again.

A computer programmer named Caleb (the eclectic Domhnall Gleeson), wins a contest to visit the vast mountain estate of his company’s genius, but reclusive, CEO. Upon arriving, he’s surprised to find zillionaire Nathan Bateman (the outstanding Mr. Isaac), living a…

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.

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