Friday, July 24, 2015
Ex Machina (2015)
This is a deeply creepy, very well done sci-fi thriller that explores the territory of artificial intelligence and whether we should fear it. It is much slicker than an updated 2001:A Space Odyssey with the same final message. The movie is equal parts ordinary and unique.
Ava is the robot. Nathan is the multi-billionaire who designed her. He made his money from designing the world's most widely used search engine, and then he used data that he mined from billions of people's search histories to create Ava. He brings Caleb to his isolated and secure combination home/laboratory to perform the Turin Test on Ava, to evaluate whether she is actually able to think and feel on her own. The thriller part is who is zooming whom. The striking part is a strikingly smart, unique and profoundly powerful exploration into the very essence of existence, weaving together thought-provoking questions on everything from philosophy to psychology, language to sexuality, religion to death and art to technology.