Ex Machina

Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) works as a coder for Bluebook, the world’s largest internet search engine. When he wins a staff lottery he is given the chance to spend a week with the company’s Founder and CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). A helicopter delivers him to the reclusive genius’s isolated residence. Caleb soon discovers that the visit is not purely recreational; he will be expected to take part in a cutting-edge experiment.

Nathan has secretly created the world’s first true artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of a beautiful robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander). Caleb’s role is to decide whether her AI is convincing by conducting a series of conversations with her, all the while observed by Nathan. The longer Caleb spends in the facility, the more complex his feelings towards Ava become. He also begins to make a number of troubling discoveries, including Nathan’s drinking habit, the existence of live-in maid Kyoko (Sonoya Mizuno), and the building’s frequent power cuts. And this is just the beginning…

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Russell Matthews

Russell loves film and enjoys engaging in discussions about the latest cinema offerings and then connecting this with the Gospel. He has worked for City Bible Forum for over 10 years, is a reviewer for Insights Magazine and Entertainment Fuse and has a blog called Russelling Reviews. He moderates events for Reel Dialogue which connect the film industry with the general public.