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Ex Machina (2014)

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A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.

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Caleb, a 26 year old programmer at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. Written by DNA FILMS

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There is nothing more human than the will to survive. See more »


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Rated R for graphic nudity, language, sexual references and some violence | See all certifications »

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24 April 2015 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,733 (Portugal) (23 April 2015)

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$25,442,958 (USA)
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The title derives from the Latin phrase "Deus Ex-Machina," meaning "a god from the Machine," a phrase that originated in Greek tragedies. An actor playing a god would be lowered down via a platform (machine) and solve the characters' issues, resulting in a happy ending. See more »

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After Caleb signs the non-disclosure agreement, he places the pen towards the right of the pad on the desk. In the next shot the pen is in the middle of the pad. From a different camera angle, when he slaps his key-card down on the desk, the pen has returned to the right of the pad. See more »

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[first lines]
Caleb: How long until we get to his estate?
Pilot: [laughs] We've been flying over his estate for the past 2 hours.
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Get Down Saturday Night
Written by Oliver Cheatham (as Cheatham) & McCord
Performed by Oliver Cheatham
Published by Universal/MCA Music Ltd
Courtesy of Geffen
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited
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One of the best films ever made.....
16 May 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Just saw the film and am still gob-smacked, so this review may not be as clear as some of my earlier ones.

A few notes:

1. Wow

2. As far as AI goes, this is the film that Spielberg wishes he would have made. It covers the same weighty questions but in a way that grabs the viewer by the throat and doesn't let go until the very end.

3. The I/B (impact to budget ratio) is off the chart. A full length feature that has what, 3 major characters, the same set, and some nice CGI? The backer who wrote the first check must have been crying tears of joy because they were in profit before the cameras rolled.

4. Wow.

5. Not merely a thinking-mans sci-fi, also a horror flick. Riffs off themes from classics like ISLAND OF DR MOREAU (where the daughter of the mad scientist is much more than she seems) and even the original Dracula (where the innocent young man gets invited to a castle for a job and discovers the owner and his servants are more than they seem).

6. Wow

7. Director Alex Garland is a force to be reckoned with.

8. Riffs off Sleuth (1972) where two men who are having seemingly simple conversations end up in a battle of wits.

9. Is it just me or is Oscar Issac as Nathan channelling Mandy Patinkin from Homeland, including voice mannerisms, even the beard?

10. Also borrows from Frankenstein (the created wanted to destroy the creator) and even Pinocchio (the puppet who wanted to become a real boy).

11. The pacing is extraordinary. It never peaks or plateaus. Every time you think you know what is coming, it just takes the story up a notch.

12. Even the ending -- a riff on the "cuckolded boyfriend" -- is unexpected and mesmerizing.

13. Cinematography is breathtaking. Musical score is perfect.

14. Did I mention Wow?


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