Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno, Symara A. Templeman, Elina Alminas, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Tiffany Pisani, Claire Selby
A young programmer, Caleb, (Domhnall Gleeson) is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I. (Alicia Vikander).
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Defined by many the Sci-Fi film of the year, I had great expectations for this title, but I got let down a little. Visually stunning, Ex Machina presents some interesting questions about Artificial Intelligence, male-female relationships, and human sexuality, and it had great potential, but it failed to engage me completely.
The writing is not that smart as it may look, and it feels more appropriate to thirteen year olds, although few of them will actually get to see the film because of the R rating. The film just has too much frontal female nudity, images created for the male gaze only. You cannot even open the closet’s open without seeing naked robots.
I got to admit, I was waiting for a twist that didn't come – it would have been good if Caleb turned out to be a robot, and that he was the one being tested. The end is completely spoiled, and the suspense killed by Nathan asking Caleb if he really thought Ava liked him.
Also, there are some logic issues. First of all, how come a genius like Nathan uses a plastic card as a security measure, when said card can be easily stolen? Being his estate hours from anything, where did he find the sashimi? If Ava is Nathan's latest model, why is she exposing her circuits? And how does Asian skin match Ava's? And at last but not least, why isn't the helicopter pilot suspicious at all? I mean, he picks up a beautiful women instead of the nerd he was supposed to.
At least, the acting is good. Alicia Vikander nails her role. Being a robot, she has to act like a wooden creature, and she does a great job. Domhnall Gleeson well-plays Caleb, role that partially recalls Gleeson's Jon in "Frank". Oscar Isaac will have to work much harder than this to get even close to his performance in "A Most Violent Year".
Nathan: One day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa. An upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction.