Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is a programmer at a high tech company. He just got an email telling him he is the winner of seven days in a beautiful remote location with the CEO of the company, Nathan (Oscar Isaac).
Arriving at the location, Caleb is greeted by a robotic voice that prints out a key-card for him to use while visiting in the super high-tech house. Meeting with Nathan is uncomfortable (two nerds….need I say more?).
The purpose of the visit is not what Caleb thought: It is the next step in Nathan’s artificial intelligence (AI) development, a robot called Ava (Alicia Vikander). Nathan needs Caleb to be part of the “Turing Test” for AI developed by Alan Turing, a test to determine if the AI, Ava, is human-like or just a program. Caleb is the first person Ava will meet, other than Nathan.
Ava is very advanced….too advanced….but she does not include software that could help her understand right from wrong. And there are more advanced models in the house….OMG.
Nathan is a genius unleashed, developing AI devices that are also unleashed.
“Ex Machina” is intriguing, intense, creepy, and possibly, our future. Not for kids as there are extended sequences of nudity and some bloody violence. Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Wesley to you….) is an amazingly good actor. Oscar Isaac is creepy and Alicia Vikander is scary good as the manipulative robot.
Drive Safe! Never Forget.