Ex Machina

For his directorial debut, Alex Garland, a prominent British screenwriter, chose to write about how artificial intelligence could possibly become the downfall of humans in his latest, Ex Machina. Most people would not consider this to be a new concept. However, Garland is known for his ability to successfully pump new energy into these types of genres. One of his most notable accomplishments in this area involves the script that he created for Danny Boyle’s zombie thriller entitled “28 Days Later.” He also collaborated with Boyle to create the script for “The Beach,” and “Sunshine.”

Although it has a rather slim budget of $13 million, the artificial intelligence script entitled Ex Machina looks very sophisticated and chic for anyone’s first time out as a director. But on the other hand, it also contains fragments of many of Garland’s past flaws. The screenplay promised a psychological drama but failed. However, it may have missed the mark for some things, but it is still a very good sci-fi flick that gets your thought process working. It is a quality produced script that should get plenty of good press. It will open in the UK in a week, and it starts in the United States for SXSW in March. It will then be released in April via A24, which is a niche distributor.

Domhnall Gleesonplays the part of Caleb in this new script. His character is a nerdy computer pro who works for an internet company like Google. He wins an office lottery that gives him the chance to spend a week with his anti-social boss in the mountains of Alaska. However, once he gets to the Alaskan destination, he finds out that the lottery was rigged by his boss. Oscar Isaac plays the role of his boss. His boss uses him as a human lab rat for a secretive project to create an android named Ava.
This role is played by actress Alicia Vikander.Everything flows smoothly between Caleb and his boss at first. But it soon turns for the worse when his boss keeps making him put the android through the “Turing Test,” which is designed to tell the difference between smart machines and humans. But Ava, the android, is also testing Caleb. She tries to form a robot mutiny against Caleb’s boss, Nathan. All three participants are playing a dangerous game against each other, and they must fight to survive. Caleb has to select either Ava or Nathan, but he knows that each of them have their own agendas.

Gleeson does a very good job of showing you how males are smart, but also very vulnerable. He also does a good job by disguising his British accent. But he still leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to being a leading man. Isaac plays the part of his boss, and he does a better job because he has a thick beard. This makes it hard to recognize him, which means that you can’t compare him to previous performances. He has the ability to combine the vibe of an icon such as Steve Jobs with that of a regular beachcomber. His one great scene is when he just starts disco dancing with his partner. It is a very laughable moment in a movie that basically has a very serious tone.

But Ava, the android, steals the show because she is able to play the part of a highly functional robot with emotions. This actress, who was born in Sweden, is precise, graceful, but also robotic. This whole concept was created by costume designer Sammy Sheldon and production designer Mark Digby. They have a way of making Ava a robot that has fluid and graceful movements. This is one of the best things about the movie. She looks like a real robot that could be an Apple iHuman product.

Although Ex Machina had a low budget to work with, it has amazing digital effects. Even the remote Alaskan house is filled with glass and pine, and it has a regal look. But it also has a quality that is minimal, modern and secure. The inside of the home is cold, empty and void of vibrant colors. The whole screenplay is filmed in Norway instead of Alaska, and it is a great start for a directorial debut. It could be considered as a post-apocalyptic screenplay.

It is filled with the latest sci-fi technology, and it almost feels like a stage play. Just think about how robots are supposed to take over the whole world, and you will see how Garland is able to create a theme that allows you to see how Ava could be the downfall of humans. He also ignores the Three Laws of Robotics which were created by sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov. These laws made it illegal for robots to harm humans.

The technology in this screenplay might be cutting edge, but the plot is nothing that is new. We have seen it played out in movies such as The Matrix and The Terminator. Garland really doesn’t do anything different to make his screenplay original and attention grabbing. It is a man vs. machine theme that has been seen many times before. But he does manage to make us sympathize with robots. He also lets viewers see very early in the screenplay that Nathan is really a mad scientist. However, he never tells viewers how he got that way.

This screenplay is linear and not really electrifying. It has many of the same types of things in it that many sci-fi lovers have come to expect. It may have certain Stepford Wives characteristics when it comes to Ava’s sexuality. It also mimics Blade Runner and how robots think that they are humans. Neither of these concepts adds anything of value to the screenplay.

This rushed screenplay had both pros and cons. It did not answer many of the questions that viewers needed answered. It did not produce a punch. But if you are a true dystopian sci-fi fan, then you will find this screenplay entertaining. You’ll have to overlook many of the noticeable design flaws. This is Garland’s first time out as a director in Ex Machina, and he did a good job.

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