Ex Machina

Ex Machina

DVD - 2015
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Caleb, a coder at the world's largest Internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company's reclusive CEO, Nathan. But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava. Truths, emotions, and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava, and Nathan intensifies.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA :, Lionsgate :, A24,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 108 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
widescreen (2.40:1),24 fps,rda
NTSC,rda
video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda

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Nursebob
Mar 22, 2018

A breath of Stanley Kubrick blows through writer/director Alex Garland’s sci-fi brain teaser, a satisfying if occasionally predictable marriage of Oscar-winning CGI effects and compelling story that draws its inspiration from such diverse sources as Shelley’s "Frankenstein" and the Prometheus legend to Bluebeard and Christian Creation mythology. Gleeson and Vikander definitely share onscreen chemistry with his post-adolescent zeal offset by her computerized intensity. But Vikander is especially brilliant given the fact the special effects team rendered half her body as gears and blinking motherboards—her not-quite-mechanical delivery hinting at a self-awareness that may or may not spring from mere binary code. It’s the conversations between man and machine which ultimately provide the film’s backbone, so reminiscent of HAL from Kubrick’s "Space Odyssey", as they proceed from data exchange to deeper waters. Unfortunately Oscar Isaac’s performance as the company CEO is a glaring misfire, his obnoxious character coming across as more of a slimy lounge lizard than either an aging prodigy or mad scientist. But given the film’s ultra-hip appearance (that house!) and a script that rarely stoops to clichés, one sour note is easy to overlook.

katbee Mar 10, 2018

Fans of Black Mirror and Westworld will enjoy this dark sci-fi thriller.

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PHAERTE1
Feb 09, 2018

This is a slow-moving, but good movie.

Surprisingly good.
Interesting story, decent acting, and a handful of plot twists that make the ending worth getting to.

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vlh
Sep 29, 2017

User mariho's last sentence was exactly what I was thinking.

LPL_JoelB Aug 26, 2017

Absolutely spellbinding - gorgeous narrative, cinematography, and score. Raises many interesting questions along the way, and keeps you engaged from start to finish. One of my favorite pieces of science fiction in recent memory while dipping into the realms of psychological thriller as well. A real conversation starter once you finish.

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reverendmike
Aug 20, 2017

One of my favorites. I enjoyed it even more on the 2nd viewing. Alicia Vikander is fantastic. A thoughtful film with just enough action and suspense. Extra credit for what was (in my view) an unpredictable ending.

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mrkus
Jul 14, 2017

A little un-nerving distant future for mankind....great film...loved it

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bamar097
Jul 14, 2017

Very good build up but a frustrating ending to the film...though it may have been intentional and kind of 'the point' of the movie. Not the type of movie that offers much catharsis in the end lol. Not sure about anyone else, but I was annoyed with the conclusion and hope there's a sequel to come. But great visuals and characters and dynamics between them and lots of mystery. The type of plot where you're sure you know what's happening and only to have perspectives spin on you part way through.

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patch666
Jun 09, 2017

Good movie. All the females cast are great. Slow and burning with a great score and pace. definately 420

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2015

Nathan: Here's the weird thing about search engines. It was like striking oil in a world that hadn't invented internal combustion. Too much raw material. Nobody knew what to do with it. You see, my competitors, they were fixated on sucking it up and monetizing via shopping and social media. They thought that search engines were a map of what people were thinking. But actually they were a map of how people were thinking. Impulse. Response. Fluid. Imperfect. Patterned. Chaotic.

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2015

Caleb: When I was in college, I did a semester on AI theory. There was a thought experiment they gave us. It's called "Mary in the Black and White Room." Mary is a scientist, and her specialist subject is color. She knows everything there is to know about it. The wavelengths. The neurological effects. Every possible property that color can have. But she lives in a black and white room. She was born there and raised there. And she can only observe the outside world on a black and white monitor. And then one day someone opens the door. And Mary walks out. And she sees a blue sky. And at that moment, she learns something that all her studies couldn't tell her. She learns what it feels like to see color. The thought experiment was to show the students the difference between a computer and a human mind. The computer is Mary in the black and white room. The human is when she walks out.

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2015

Nathan: Look, the arrival of strong artificial intelligence has been inevitable for decades. The variable was "when," not "if." So I don't see Ava as a decision, just an evolution. I think it's the next model that's gonna be the real breakthrough. The singularity. … Ava was a rat in a maze. And I gave her one way out. To escape, she'd have to use self-awareness, imagination, manipulation, sexuality, empathy, and she did. …

Nathan quoting wise sayings (or Satakas) of the sanskrit author Bhartrihari: In battle, in the forest, on the precipice of the mountain. On the... The great dark sea. In sleep, in confusion, in the depths of shame. The good deeds a man has done before defend him. The good deeds a man has done before defends him.

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2015

Caleb: Why did you give her sexuality? An AI doesn't need a gender. She could have been a gray box.
Nathan: Hmm. Actually, I don't think that's true. Can you give an example of consciousness, at any level, human or animal, that exists without a sexual dimension?
Caleb: They have sexuality as an evolutionary reproductive need. What imperative does a gray box have to interact with another gray box?
Nathan: Can consciousness exist without interaction? Anyway, sexuality is fun, man. If you're gonna exist, why not enjoy it?

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2015

Caleb: How long until we get to his estate?
Helicopter pilot: (LAUGHING) We've been flying over his estate for the past two hours.

Nathan: do you know what the Turing Test is?
Caleb: Yeah. I know what the Turing Test is. It's when a human interacts with a computer. And if the human doesn't know they're interacting with a computer, the test is passed.
Nathan: And what does a pass tell us?
Caleb: That the computer has artificial intelligence.

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Oct 31, 2015

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LoganLib_Bailey Jun 22, 2016

Sexual Content: Full frontal female nudity.

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