Here is a movie that has been out for about a month that I finally had the chance to go check out. Young computer programmer, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is chosen to go spend a week living with billionaire Nathan (Oscar Isaac). Nathan lives up in the mountains where he is secluded and no one has any type of access to him. Caleb is completely confused and cannot understand why Nathan would just randomly choose him to come spend a week in his home with him. Caleb decides that he will do it. Caleb starts to realize that something is differently odd about Nathan and in order for Caleb to hear why Nathan asked him to stay with him, Caleb must sign a non-disclosure agreement. Caleb signs the documents and finds out that he was chosen to communicate and interact with a highly intelligent robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander). Everything just gets crazy from here!
Going into Ex Machina I really did not know exactly what to expect and I am more than shocked by what I saw, I am incredibly impressed. I thought this movie was just absolutely awesome to say the least. This was definitely a weird and completely unpredictable movie, but everything about it was fantastic. It is very hard to explain why this movie is so weird, but yet still so awesome. Ex Machina is creepy, suspenseful and everything you look for in a great Sci-Fi film. Sometimes movies like this tend to get ridiculous and just completely over-the-top, but Ex Machina does not do that and leaves you unbelievably impressed by its greatness. This was the directing debut for Alex Garland and all I can say is, job well done!
The thing about Ex Machina is that you really have no idea what the hell is going to happen. Garland takes us on all kinds of different directions that are completely unpredictable and they always work out. The acting we see in Ex Machina is great. Alicia Vikander was absolutely incredible and every scene with her was fantastic. At times, this movie became very chilling and you had no idea what to think. I think that Ava was the most important part of this movie and if you are a fan of movies like I, Robot, know that this movie is way different, but is actually a hell of a lot better. There is just never a dull moment in this odd, yet incredible Sci-Fi movie about a robot.
I think that it was a very bold movie for Garland to take on a movie like this because movies like this can often lead to disaster, but he excelled in every way possible with this and left it all on-screen. This movie just really gives us well-written, interesting characters that do nothing but impress us. The whole movie revolves around four characters that all play their parts incredibly well. Oscar Isaac played a huge genius that was a complete drunk. Oscar and Alicia were my two favorite characters because I think their acting jobs were nothing short of excellence. I can go on all day just praising this movie because I loved everything about it. This movie just really surprised me in many different ways and so far, it may be my favorite of 2015.
Overall, Ex Machina is nothing but a surprising, unpredictable and downright great movie that gives us a cool story and some great acting. Two thumbs up from me!
Grade= A (Excellent! A Must See!)