When does intelligence occur? Can a robot think for him or herself? The premise behind Ex Machina is a study in when does sentient life begin? I give it a B+.
Caleb is an upcoming hot programmer who wins a week retreat with the CEO only to find out that the trip isn’t what it seems. When there, he’s asked to determine if a sexy robot is really sentient or just running her programming. Ava becomes more than just a robot to Caleb. She worms her way into his mind.
This movie is twisted, with mystery and surprises. Viewers won’t see them coming. It keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat because you learn to not trust anyone at face value. It’s a very intellectual movie, and does have a large amount of drinking and nudity (I felt bad for the young child who’s family brought him).
I found the movie to be intriguing but I hated the CEO. He wasn’t a nice person and each time he came on the screen, I wanted to see him hit with a club. There wasn’t anything redeeming about him. He’s supposed to be the CEO of a Google like search site but comes off as a bully with a God complex. Without spoilers, I also was disappointed with the ending, too contrite and quick to wrap it up, leaving the main character at a loss.
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