EX MACHINA

RE­LEASED 23 Jan­uary

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - 2015 movie preview -

DI­REC­TOR

Alex Gar­land

STARS Os­car Isaac, Domh­nall Glee­son, Ali­cia Vikan­der, Evie Wray. Chelsea Li

THE PITCH

How to psy­cho­anal­yse a ro­bot. Star­ring not one but two of Star Wars: Episode VII’s cast ( Isaac and Glee­son), writ­ten and di­rected by 28 Days Later/ Sun­shine scripter Gar­land and boast­ing a high­brow con­cept, Ex Machina al­ready reeks of SF qual­ity... but can it live up to ex­pec­ta­tions? It sounds good on pa­per: a bil­lion­aire cre­ates a ro­bot woman and, after hold­ing a raf­fle, one of his em­ploy­ees wins a trip to visit him in his Alaskan re­treat. There, he has to fig­ure out if said ro­bot girl ac­tu­ally has con­scious­ness or not. “It’s very al­le­gor­i­cal to the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Isaac. Deep, man... and it cer­tainly sounds bet­ter than Johnny Depp AI clunker Tran­scen­dence.

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