Directed By – Alex Garland
Screenplay By – Alex Garland
Cinematography By – Rob Hardy
Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac & Alicia Vikander
Anytime we actually get a decently financed, original science fiction movie I’m going to support it. Luckily, Ex Machina has the goods to back up my support. Originality is so sparse these days that you could feel the enthusiasm for this movie amongst your film circles. A strange ambiguous thriller with Oscar Isaac and a robot? Hell yeah I’m going to see it! It’s not a sequel or a remake? What? How?
And wonderfully for us all it is a solid addition to the A.I. film repertoire. It’s not as impactful as something like District 9, but it delivers on everything you want it.
Oscar Isaac is enthralling as an alcoholic programming savant. Alicia Vikander, as the robot Ava, is the right mix of innocent and seductive to make you unsure of if what your feeling for her is okay because she isn’t suppose to be human. And Domhnall Gleeson is Domhnall Gleeson.
My advice to Domhnall is to slow down on the boring everyday man roles for a bit. The public is going to get tired of him if he just keeps showing up as himself in everything. Even when he does try something a little off beat (his character from Frank) essentially it is himself trying to be a bit off beat and he fails. He definitely doesn’t hinder Ex Machina, but out of the core players he’s the only one not taking the movie to another level.
My only other qualm with Ex Machina is its ending. I didn’t love it. I won’t tell you why cause I don’t want to ruin anything for anybody but the only time I was unsatisfied with anything was in the last few minutes of the film. Other than that, Ex Machina is a breath of fresh air and a really exciting experience.
God Bless America
P.S. Oscar Isaac’s dance scene is weird, creepy, sad, and some how so beautiful, it might just be the strangest scene of the year. It was wonderful.