In a time where superhero movies fall into the Sci-fi genre, coming across a good science fiction movie is a rare treat. Looper is the most recent example that comes to mind but now there’s one more name on the list: Ex Machina.
In a break from the usual action-filled depictions of stylized violence, Ex Machina comes across as a well-acted, genuinely funny movie. The visuals are there and the movie does rely on them but it is for driving the story, not the main event.
The film is written and directed by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, The Beach) and it is his screenplay which drives the movie. The characters are well etched-out and the casting is spot-on, especially Oscar Isaac. Joining him on the ride are Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander, who plays the femme bot, the main character in the movie. The interesting part is that Isaac and Gleeson will both be seen in the new Star Wars movie which is releasing in December this year.
Coming back to Ex Machina, it tells a story viewers have seen several times now, covering the concept of singularity and the relationship between man and machine. Nonetheless, the execution, writing and the topnotch acting carry it through at a good pace and you will be thoroughly entertained by the time the climax rolls around.
Visually, the film is a treat to watch. The best part is that it cost just $20 million to produce so there are no marketing gimmicks or other shenanigans from the makers to increase its audience appeal. However, with the box office being dominated by Furious 7 and the next Avengers movie coming out soon, there is limited space available.
Overall, Ex Machina is poised to be recognized as a bona fide Sci-fi classic in the years to come and will be a cult movie on DVD and VOD in the not too distant future.
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