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Monday, May 4, 2015

Ex Machina (Movie Review)

Tag Line: A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.

It's rare that you find good science fiction in the movies. Ex Machina is the exception. It's OUTSTANDING science fiction while also being a stylish, spare and cerebral psycho-techno thriller. Normally I provide some plot line for you to contemplate when I write a review, but in this case, you're better off approaching it with a completely blank slate. 

The film received outstanding reviews from the professionals (between 90% and 100% positive depending on the reviewer) and based on those and those alone, I went saw the film this past weekend.  I'm very happy that I didn't read up on the film or too much of the premise of the story.

I offer this caveat. If you are not a fan of science fiction, you may not enjoy the film as much as a sci-fi person would.

Alicia Vikander (Ava), Domhnall Gleeson (Caleb) and Oscar Isaac (Nathan) all work together to produce a truly magnetic cast in the film that is set in Valldalen, Norway.

It's not a shoot-em-up film. It's more of a thinking man's sci-fi. More of a Heinlein novel brought to life in its complexity.

It kept me guessing, and left unanswered questions at the end of the film, which is much like Blade Runner and other classics did.



"Do you feel bad for Ava? Feel bad for yourself, man. One day the AI's will look back at us the same way that 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."

10 comments:

  1. There is existential danger for humans in pursuing an A.I. path.

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    1. The story and the plot would tend to support your assertion and it does so elegantly.

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  2. I think I will love this movie.

    Could you please have a word with the nerdgeeks responsible for the Hillary Clinton AI? Please?

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    1. She was sent to earth by malicious aliens, who are the enemies of mankind. I don't move in those circles...sorry.

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    2. If she's an alien, then that would make sense. Remember, Jabba the Hut was considered a real stud by aliens. Not so much by the rest of us, what with the buckets of slime, etc. No, not Hillary, I'm talking about Jabba...

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    3. I entertained a certain grudging respect for Jabbe-the-Hut and was disappointed when Princess Lea strangled him with her chains. I wouldn't mourn Hillary's passing.

      I put Hillary more in line with the "evil slime" in Ghostbusters II when it took over the painting of Hillary. At least it looked a bit like Hillary.

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    4. That slime shouldn't be characterized as 'evil,' that was simply 'misguided slime.'

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  3. This flick looks promising.

    Ava is kinda reminiscent of Kelly LeBrock's character as the creation of the nerds in 'Weird Science' (1985). Only creepier. When will it hit Direct TV?

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    1. It just hit the movie theaters. I expect that it will be on Direct TV by summer.

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