Ever since I watched the trailer I was intrigued by the idea of a humanoid robot with super enhanced AI (Artificial intelligence). So, I was waiting for the movie eagerly but it didn’t release here in India. When It got listed in iTunes, I decided to give it a go without any second thoughts. Honestly I was expecting Ex machina to be more of like movie “HER” (which itself was a masterpiece) but it turned out to be very different and thought-provoking.
The movie starts with Caleb, a brilliant young code, who works at Bluebook, the world’s most popular search engine company(subtle take on Google). One day he receives that he has won a competition to spend one week at a private retreat belonging to the secluded CEO of the company. Upon reaching the countryside estate Caleb finds that Nathan(CEO) lives like a Hermit. Nathan tells Caleb that the vacation is just a coverup and his role there is to actually test Nathan’s one-man research project into the development of an Artificial Intelligence!
Ex machina needless is one of the most interesting sci-fi flick I have had pleasure to watch this year.
The Turing test as we all know is defined as “the test to determine if a machine can genuinely pass itself off as human to another human“. Caleb is supposed to be the human part and Ava is the beautiful and seductive android subject to be tested on machine behalf. The interaction between Caleb and Ava is marvelous as it climbs up to another level when Ava tries to befriend Caleb. Those interaction scenes of Turing test did sent a chill down my spine to imagine how the future of AI is going to be. Trust me, Ex machina is the perfect representation of Singularity.
The technological singularity is the hypothetical advent of artificial general intelligence (also known as “strong AI”). Such a computer, computer network, or robot would theoretically be capable of recursive self-improvement (redesigning itself), or of designing and building computers or robots better than itself.
The only other significant character in the film is Nathan’s house maid Kyoko (Sonoya Mizuno), who neither understands nor speaks English so drifts silently around offering various ‘services’.
According to me, Ex Machina is the best science fiction movie on artificial intelligence since the epic Blade Runner. While Blade Runner is an action thriller that relies more on its epic visuals to tell its story, whereas Ex Machina is a dialogue-driven psychological thriller that slowly works its way under your skin. Ultra thought-provoking and terrifyingly suspenseful, an induced state of paranoia may linger long after the end credits begin to roll.
The less you know going into a film like this, the better your experience will be.
Here is the official trailer for you guys, which I am sure will provoke you to watch the movie asap. Don’t forget to share your take