Wow-wee. Written by the acclaimed novelist, Alex Garland. He takes the director's seat for the first time ever and proves that he has an eye for art and film. The mountain retreat owned by Nathan is fit for a wealthy tech genius with impeccable taste. Right outside this modernist dream home of many (a real place, mind you), we are treated to gorgeous scenic backdrops. Ex Machina reaches the peak level of aesthetically pleasing, a 10 out of 10.
Graphics too! So it’s a good-looking film, check. Now to comment on the quality of graphics since it’s a sci-fiction and all. Believable, impressive, used with purpose and restraint. There's no going overboard but there's just enough to impress you, that's for damn sure.
That strong writing backbone. It is intelligent, sophisticated, amusing, perturbing, touching and engaging. The characters are multi-dimensional and are not tired cliches. The writing touches on wonderfully intriguing concepts, such as creation, the meeting of the abstract and logical and perhaps the meeting of (human) nature and technology. Leaving us with a lot left to ponder when the movie ends.
Do not miss.
Related: The film Ex Machina is featured on Borrowing Tape's Best Films of 2015 list.
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