Caleb Smith, 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. 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, a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated — and more deceptive — than the two men could have imagined.
Computer animated effects help sell the concept from a visual standpoint. Unlike many films that use these effects, Ex Machina feels like a small film, and it is. Focusing on the interactions between three characters, it creates a pressure cooker environment from which the film’s revelations must come. Even so, it manages to be visually sumptuous and enticing.
Have a look.
Ex Machina stars Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, will likely be rated R, and is set for release April 10, 2015.
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