Ex Machina review.


This guy who works for a humungous company that’s basically Google in a parallel universe – he wins a competition to meet the reclusive quasi-genius founder of the company in his turbo swank pad in the middle of what looks like Norway which apparently he owns a vast tract of..

Soon it’s revealed that he’s created an AI Robot called Ava that he wants him to ‘test’ – run a kind of Turing test on her/it and report if he feels it has consciousness.

This being 2015, she’s a uber-cgi phenomenon – part ‘realistic looking human’ and then a bio-mechanic mesh – though not Giger kind – think expensive looking hybrid alloys and bespoke mechanisms – with transparent sidings that show her innards.

Anyways, things aren’t quite what they seem, then they sort of are what you expected and then once again not quite but it’s not simply a bunch of gratuitous twists – each new path in the drama comes with an accompanying widening of themes.

It’s got something to say about a lot of things you don’t often see covered by sci-fi, feminism, the relations between men and women, how we’ve developed a complex relationship between sex and technology as well as stuff about AI, morality, etc

Garland creates a situation, articulated artfully that throws out a whole bunch of questions in a way that only sci-fi can deal with but rarely does because, y’know.. robots, explosions, lazers n shit.


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