Ex Machina Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Ex Machina

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes, violence and nudity.

  • The pitch:

    Beauty is only skin deep.

  • Starring:

    Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno, Corey Johnson, Claire Selby, Symara A. Templeman, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Tiffany Pisani, Elina Alminas

  • Directed by:

    Alex Garland

  • Running time:

    108 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People/robots are stabbed, punched, tackled, face-grabbed, hit with objects, dragged, trapped, maimed, destroyed. Object knocked over, smashed/broken glass. Yelling, arguing. Fatal car crash, had people killed mentioned. Blood/gore: Slicing arm, opening wound, bleeding, smearing blood. Bloody arm/clothing/floor/objects. Peeling skin from bodies, object protruding from skin. Human-like body parts seen. Skulls (decorative). Scar.


    Kissing, caressing, undressing, flirting. Sex implied. Full female nudity (front and back), shirtless men, skimpy clothing/underwear, man in shower. Sexuality, oral sex, pornography discussed.


    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Intoxication.


    F-words, s-words. Religious references and exclamations.


    Artificial intelligence, the Turing test, consciousness, body language, coding, non-disclosure agreement, surveillance, lying, betrayal, invention, search engines, intellect, manipulation.


    Dead parents mentioned. Helicopter, waterfalls, tank fish. Slicing/eating raw fish. Bright camera flash. Based on the novel by writer/director Alex Garland.


    Slick, contemporary, taut, literate, tense, gorgeous, triumphant, tight, fascinating, gripping, brilliant, terse, unsettling, impressive, imaginative, heady, compelling, smart, excellent, stylish, elegant, creepy, cerebral, satirical. Sensational performances, perfect title, big ideas, sparse dialogue, controlled storytelling, crisp/clean cinematography, remarkable production design, sharp editing, throbbing/ominous score.


    Some clunky plotting, slight pacing lag, obvious twists, the 'power cut' device strains credibility.

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