“Ex Machina”, directed by Alex Garland

Movie, 2014

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Science-fiction looking at the AI/human interface. While this is a good looking film, there’s a coldness, which while coming with the territory, is hemmed in and relentless. Characters butt up against each other and big philosophical questions raised, though the nod towards cold war creepiness and similarities to films like Solaris don’t help the film, which struggles to get over a sense of its own importance. The slow pace is, however, effective, and the story itself quite engaging. The overall execution is, however, a little tiring and draining, so that the action and viewer empathy strained by the end.

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