Director: Alex Garland Run Time: 108 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 2015
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac
In EX-MACHINA, a young programmer must evaluate the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
Caleb Smith (Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test – charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated–and more deceptive–than the two men could have imagined.