In the film Ex Machina, Caleb, a young programmer played by Domhnall Gleeson, is invited to his companies CEO’s private home and research facility. When he arrives to meet his reclusive boss Nathan, played excellently by rising star Oscar Isaac, Caleb learns that he is to administer a Turing test to determine wether or not the robot he has built has achieved true artificial intelagence. He spends the next week interviewing Ava, played by Alicia Vikander, in an attempt to find the line between programming and reality.
Ex Machina is the amazing directoral debut of Alex Garland, best know for writing 28 Days Later. What starts out as an interesting premise soon turns into a phycological thriller as we follow Caleb down the rabbit hole, blurring the lines between artificial and real.
This science fiction thriller is my kind of movie. I love this beautifully shot film that has you paying attention to every last detail, while attempting to discover what is truly going on. This is the best movie I have seen so far this year, and the most intense movie I have seen in recent memory. A must watch.