Ex Machina Tuesday, 22 October 2019

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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    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.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Intoxication.

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

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

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

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

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