Ex Machina stars Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac. the movie is about a tech giant (Isaac) who owns world’s biggest search engine and he created this competition to select one of his employees to participate in a highly classified project, the movie opens with Caleb (Domhnall) winning that contest and travelled to an undisclosed location where he is introduced to this AI person Ava (Vikander) and he is tasked with testing the AI and to see if the AI can make him think it is a human, and from there the events unfold as you get to see these characters interact with each other, here is what I liked and disliked about the movie :
+ Alex Garland : this movie is written and directed by Alex Garland and he has done a brilliant job in both ends, it is visually amazing while at the same time very intriguing to watch these characters unfold their motives and secrets.
+ Performances : Especially from Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander who did a marvellous job for this movie, Alicia’s performance is so well done I totally believed that she was a robot.
+ Focus : for a movie like this about few characters and one setting the focus of the narrative is one of very important if it drifts from the main story it might end up ruining it and if it doesn’t drift a little bit it might end up with one dimensional characters, so I am really glad that Garland found a way to glance over the depth of his characters while leaving a lot for the viewer’s imagination without giving anything away from the main story.
+ The Ending : Not going to spoil anything but holy crap.
Verdict : Ex Machina is one of the best movies of the year and it is certainly one of the most memorable ones, with breathtaking visuals and powerful performances backed with a well written script and a nothing short of a perfect direction it took its small cast and concept and made something truly remarkable.