Twenty-Seven: Ex Machina (2015)

By: Scott M. Waldman Every so often (once or twice a year), there comes a film in the sci-fi department that really makes you question everything. It makes you, the viewer, question what it means to live or be “human,” what truth is, and what is merely programmed or obeyed. Ex Machina revolves around a programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) winning a contest that takes him to a secret location (hidden by cycling helicopter rides) where his boss Nathan (Oscar Isaac) proposes a test for the young programmer—perform a Turing Test on his artificial intelligence Ava (Alicia Vikander). The programmer, Caleb, accepts the offer and meets the AI who’s in the form of what seems like an incomplete human being. Similar to the Artificial Intelligence presented in Her (2013), Ava has “wants.” The…

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