Saturday, April 18, 2015

Movie Review: In ‘Ex Machina,’ a Mogul Fashions the Droid of His Dreams

By Manohla Dargis
In this scene from Alex Garland’s film, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) meets Ava (Alicia Vikander) for the first time. By A24 on Publish Date April 2, 2015. Photo by A24.
The perfect 21st-century female looks like a million bucks though costs a great deal more. In “Ex Machina,” Alex Garland’s slyly spooky futuristic shocker about old and new desires, the female in question is a robot called Ava, a name suggestive of both Adam and Eve. Ava has a serene humanoid face and the expressive hands and feet of a dancer, but also the transparent figure of a visible woman anatomy model. While Nathan’s charisma throws the triangulated drama off balance, “Ex Machina” belongs to Ava, whose depths of meaning enrich the movie and then engulf it. Ava has antecedents in “Pygmalion,” “Metropolis” and elsewhere. [link]

Ex Machina In thrall: Domhnall Gleeson in Alex Garland’s futuristic drama.