Jan 4, 2015

'Ex Machina' Looks Like A True Transhumanist Thriller

The latest sci-fi opus from director Alex Garland, responsible for writing such films as 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Never Let Me Go,  opens later this month in the U.K.

Ex Machina stars Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb, a timid programmer who, in a Wonka-esque twist of fate, wins the chance to spend a week with the reclusive CEO (Oscar Isaac) of the company he works for in his luxurious compound estate secluded in the mountains. However, Caleb soon realizes that he's been chosen to participate in a bold new experiment in artificial intelligence; An experiment that could yield profound and terrible consequences for both himself and the human race.

The film comes out on January 23rd in the U.K., with an official theater release run in the U.S. on April 10th courtesy of A24 Pictures. I would love to write-up a review on this one when or if it comes out via streaming.

I'm a little worn-down with immensely promising premises being diluted and squandered on SFX-saturated popcorn action-thrillers, but if Garland's track record is any indication we might have a true trans-humanist thriller on our hands. Besides, any film that has a trailer scored by DJ Shadow circa '96 is already a winner in my book.

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