A reclusive programmer has one of his employees test out an AI he created with unexpected results.
The title derives from the Latin phrase 'Deus Ex-Machina', meaning 'a god From the Machine', a phrase that originated in Greek tragedies. An actor playing a god would be lowered down via a platform (machine) and solve the characters issues, resulting in a happy ending for all.
From the mind of Alex Garland, the man who also wrote DREDD (2012), comes EX-MACHINA. This is a twisted sci-fi tale of a tech genius named Nathan (Oscar Isaac who more recently played Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) who uses the search engine he created to program an Artificial Intelligence. She is called Ava (played by Alicia Vikander). To test her abilities, Nathan brought in one of his programmers named Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson, aka General Hux from SW E8, and the clan techie from DREDD).
The movie is nearly two hours of a sexy, suspenseful, science fiction thrill-ride. It's compelling because it's so unpredictible and the next thing you know the ending is there and you're busy trying to figure out it happened.
Amazing special effects, great story and a load of fun to watch. I'll call this a MUST-SEE for those inclined to enjoy a thought provoking sci-fi flick!Ex Machina [Blu-ray + Digital HD] on AMAZON