Alex Garland is responsible for writing two of my favorite movies in the last fifteen years. 28 Days Later and Sunshine were both collaborations between Garland and director Danny Boyle that told thought-provoking stories about humanity’s flaws and its willpower in a familiar but somehow original sci-fi or horror premise. Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina follows this trend and leaves a lot for the viewer to ponder.
After Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is selected to work alongside Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the head of a Google-like empire, he discovers the man’s true reason for calling upon the young programmer. Nathan has created an artificial intelligence named Ava (Alicia Vikander) and Caleb is tasked with evaluating the machine’s consciousness. However, nothing is quite as it seems. Continue reading