This Ex Machina Clip And Photo Gallery Are The Destroyer Of Worlds
It really didn’t take much for Alex Garland’s thriller Ex Machina to go from a movie were interested in and curious about to one we’re ready to crawl over broken glass to see. Once we got a good look, it jumped almost to the top of our must-see list. The film opens in the U.K. January 23, and while those of us stateside will have to wait a while longer, we’re reaping the benefits of the overseas promotional machine, getting things like this ominous new clip and a collection of photos.
Ex Machina follows Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at a big, Google-like internet company. When he wins a chance to hang out with Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), the company’s reclusive CEO, he thinks they’ll hang out, bro down, and talk about a promotion. Little does he know that he’s been selected to be the human component in a Turing Test to measure the consciousness of Nathan’s newest creation, a stunning AI named Ava (Alicia Vikandar). During the test, however, her “emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.”
This clip shows Caleb and Nathan discussing the ramifications of Ava and this new leap forward. The basic gist is that humanity is screwed and we engineered ourselves right out of the top spot in the food chain. Caleb even quotes what Oppenheimer said after creating the atomic bomb, about being the destroyer of worlds. It’s a grim, ominous moment, and one that seems endemic of the film. I love Isaac’s calm, cool menace. With that shaved head and unruly beard combo, he looks like the frontman for a grindcore band, but just oozes power, and you can tell just by hearing him speak that he’s not someone to trifle with.
Over these photos—some of which appear to be from the film, while other are behind the scenes glimpses of Garland and the actors working together—you get a real sense for the visual side of Ex Machina. Garland has a long resume as a screenwriter, having scripted the likes of 28 Days Later, Dredd, and Sunshine, but this is his first time at the helm, and he’s certainly created a fantastic looking film. The framing of each shot is deliberate and purposeful, he uses the architecture of the sets to great effect, and those gorgeous exterior shots emphasis the interior claustrophobia while driving home the fact that they’re alone out here in this isolated setting.
In the U.S., Ex Machina opens April 10, though audiences at SXSW will get the chance to see the North American premiere a few weeks earlier in March.