Ex Machina (2015)

Ex Machina (2015)

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Ex Machina - (2015) A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
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  1. SABA

    I mostly like this review and am happy that the mere idea of misogyny comes up (even if in a back-handed way). I found this film to reflect some of the best writing I've experienced in a tension filled sci-fi-like creep fest film in a while and although I loved it, I also believe it to carry the stereotype of 'man-creating-the-perfect-slavish-female' that we've already seen done a million times before in film and books. That said, I also think there's something that is just as seductive about the story as a whole - something even feminist in thought I dare say - that makes this one jump out as different, even progressive. With the film's tagline, 'There is nothing more human than the will to survive', I had that in the back of my mind while experiencing it- but I became lost in the storytelling so that I was completely at a loss to know who was being truthful or what would happen next.
    The fact that Nathan labels himself as Ava's 'father' and tells Caleb that he's programmed her to be heterosexual and assures Caleb that she can experience pleasure but cannot bring himself to use a descriptive label such as 'vagina' speaks volumes about the writer.
    While I enjoyed this film immensely, I also admit to enjoying David Lynch & Quentin Tarantino films, but I do not discount the misogyny factor in the creation of the stories being told. I would relish this tale being re-told through the eyes of a feminist writer and director to see how different the edge could be to take us even further than where the ending of Ex Machina leaves us...

  2. Shafco

    Yes, the film has interesting dialogue and plotting. And it's beautifully realized by set design and photography. Garland creates a nice paranoid atmosphere in the underground bunker. Unfortunately, the gender politics of the film are retro and cliche. Ever seen a Hollywood film about a man creating, manipulating or molding a woman to be the perfect wife/lover? And while the plotting is clever, it's not really convincing or surprising. Still, it's a well made film with some sharp dialogue and scenes.

    • Jeremy

      Nathan does not create Eva to be wife/lover, much less a perfect one. The fact the ends up sleeping with his creations (Kyoko and the others) are more about his perversions than about the original intent of the project.
      And if you think this concept is "retro" then you haven't seen what the Japanese are doing with robots and AI (Google it). In 20 years (or less) people are going to say: "Seriously? This is what we did with the technology?" Its not going to be pretty.

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