When the writer behind some of the most exciting sci-fi films (28 Days Later, Sunshine) of the last fifteen years gets an opportunity to take total creative control of his material as director, movie fans begin to get excited. However when you see the trailer (below) for Alex Garland’s Ex Machina (which translates directly as ‘from machines’) and get a glimpse at the premise you’ll want to start marking down the release date on your calendar.
A computer programmer Caleb (Domhall Gleeson) wins a competition to me the reclusive techno-titan Nathan (played by Oscar Isaac) for a project of the utmost secrecy. When he arrives at his isolated home he meets the earliest beginnings of artificial intelligence in Ava (Alicia Vikander) and begins to help Nathan understand what he needs to do to get to the next step in the evolution.
Ex Machina appears have expanded the inquisition between Blade Runner’s Deckard (Harrison Ford), Rachael (Sean Young) and Dr. Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel) about the very nature of what makes us human and dropped the characters in isolation to drastically increase in the innate paranoia.
Sound great or what?
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