I allude to some Spoilers below. Don't read further if you haven't seen the movie.
Three Things I Liked
- Impressive visual effects to bring Ava to life
- Excellent acting by the three leads
- The overall feeling of isolation and confinement was all realized
Three Things I Didn't Like
- A.I. is out to get us... again
- Didn't go in any real new directions with the story of A.I. or Frankenstein
- Did they just use Jackson Pollack to make a point? Yuck!
As you can see from the items I didn't like, I was pumped for a story dealing with artificial intelligence that was going to explore different facets than we typically see in science fiction. But the plot and themes pretty much boiled down to the same fears and cautionary tales we've seen time and again in science fiction. I guess I'm a little tired of that whole thing. But I think I was putting unfair expectations on the film that it wasn't really trying to deliver. Aside from that, the movie is really well made, with great acting and structured with great skill. It builds up nicely to the final scenes and when the ending comes it delivers a solid hit. Ex Machina is worth seeing again, especially to see if we can detect Ava's true motive sooner than Caleb or Nathan do.
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