One of the movies we’re most excited to see over the next few months is Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. The noted screenwriter of films like Dredd, 28 Days Later, and Sunshine, among others, makes his directorial debut with this artificial intelligence thriller. We’ve been anticipating this one since day one, but this tense new trailer and clip make us practically foam at the mouth. Check them out for yourself.
The more we see from Alex Garland’s upcoming artificial intelligence thriller, Ex Machina, the more stoked we get for it. Granted, this new poster isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but it certainly fits in with the whole vibe of what we’ve seen thus far. The film opened in the U.K. in late January, but U.S. audiences will have to wait until April 10 to see it, except for those of you fortunate enough to check it out shortly at SXSW in Austin, where it is scheduled to make its North American premiere.
The story follows Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a low-level programmer at a massive, Google-esque Internet search company. He wins a chance to hang out with the company’s reclusive CEO Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), and thinks they’ll kick it in his remote mountain retreat, bro down, and maybe talk about a promotion. Instead, he finds that he’s the human component in a Turing Test to measure the consciousness of Nathan’s new creation, a stunning AI named Ava (Alicia Vikandar). During the test, however, everyone gets more than they bargained for.
Alex Garland’s Ex Machina has quickly become one of our most anticipated movies of 2015, sci-fi or otherwise. It’s got a great cast, an isolated setting, a cool hook, and more than anything else, what we’ve seen looks really damn good. And that includes this tense new clip that introduces man and machine.
The story follows Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a lowly programmer at a massive, Google-esque internet search company, who wins the chance to hang out with the company’s CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Caleb thinks they’re going to bond and maybe talk about his future or a possible promotion, but when he gets to Nathan’s remote mountain estate, he finds that he’s been selected to be the human component in a Turing Test. The subject is Nathan’s latest creation, an advanced, not to mention gorgeous, new AI named Ava (Alicia Vikander). The test is designed to evaluate the level of consciousness Ava has achieved, but as they get into it, Caleb realizes there’s much more going on than he initially thinks.
Alex Garland has an extensive history as a screenwriter, crafting scripts for the likes of Sunshine, 28 Days Later, and Dredd, but his directorial debut, the robotics thriller Ex Machina, looks as promising as any of those. Though it won’t premiere in the U.S. for a few more months, a U.K. release waits just around the corner next month, and we reap the benefit of all the advance hype, including this new featurette, “When Humans Become Gods.”
Ex Machina revolves around Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at a Google-like internet search company. When he wins a chance to spend some time at the isolated mountain retreat of the company’s CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), he thinks they’re going to hang out, bond, and maybe talk about a promotion. As it turns out, however, Caleb has been recruited to be the human component in a Turing Test, designed to evaluate the consciousness of Nathan’s latest invention, an artificially intelligent robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander), who is much more than meets the eye.
For a long time, we only heard bits and pieces about Alex Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina, which already sounded promising enough to grab our attention. Then there was a brief flurry of activity as it found a distributor, announced a release date, unveiled some artwork, and unleashed a trailer in a relatively short span. After getting our first real glimpse, it became one of our most anticipated movies of 2015. It looks stunning and tense and moody, and all of that is on display in this new clip for robotics thriller.
This may be Garland’s first time in the big chair, but his track record as a writer includes the likes of 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Dredd, among others. The difference is, this time he gets to bring his words to life exactly as he wants, without filtering them through another artist. And from the look of things, he’s done a bang up job.
Well that happened fast. After not hearing much about Alex Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina, for a good long while, yesterday we got a poster, news that A24 will distribute the film, a release date, and another poster. And bright and early this morning, what do we have but a shiny new first trailer, and if you thought we were intrigued and excited by this before, wait until you check this out for yourself.
Garland made a name for himself writing action heavy movies like Dredd and teaming up with Danny Boyle for 28 Days Later, The Beach, and Sunshine, but as you can see here, he also has a keen visual eye of his very own. This trailer is full of gorgeous natural panoramas, juxtaposed against sterile laboratory environments, and even those claustrophobic, blood red hallways that call to mind HAL 9000 and 2001.