Director: Alex Garland
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Donhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander
Genre: Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Country of Origin: USA 2015 108 mins.
Released by UNIVERSAL PICTURES
'Frankenstein jumps a few generations into a sexy, sensual free-thinking android.'
Visually engaging, witty and stylish with a sensual touch, 'Ex-Machina' is a fascinating psychological thriller that promises a lot but judders slightly as it reaches to deliver the final punch.
Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year-old coder at Blue Book, the world’s largest search engine company that knows more about us than we know about ourselves, is the cat that's got the cream. He's won a competition to spend a week with the company’s reclusive boss, Nathan (Oscar Isaac) at his isolated mountain retreat. Caleb's the selected lab rat, the fall guy who'll assist with a Turing Test in a research project to build the world’s first true android, Ava (Alicia Vikander) who's attractive, sexy, sensual and free-thinking with hints of female intuition. Will this signal a power struggle which sees Ava manipulating Caleb against Nathan in a 21st Century menage-a-trois enclosed in a stylistic reflective glass and concrete tomb. And what part does Nathan's Japanese partner Kyoko (Sonoyo Mizuno) play in this game?
Frankenstein jumps a few generations in a fascinating tightly controlled mind game with touches of humour and a stylish look, but 'Ex-Machina' petters out at the end and doesn't offer the final thought provoking punch.