New EX MACHINA Clips Ponder the Downfall of Human Civilization; Plus 12 New Images from Alex Garland’s New Sci-Fi Film

     January 12, 2015


Two new Ex Machina clips have been released, and I’m getting the feeling this movie could be somber, pedantic, or perhaps a bit of both.  The film stars Domhnall Gleeson as a computer programmer who wins a contest to meet with the CEO of a large search engine company (Oscar Isaac), but when he arrives, he discovers he’s part of an experiment to test the artificial intelligence of an android (Alicia Vikander).  One of the clips has Isaac and Gleeson’s characters pondering the downfall of man when faced with the rise of artificial intelligence, and the conversation feels stiff and forced.  But then the other clip has Gleeson’s character quietly marveling at Vikander’s android.  The only similarity between the two clips is Rob Hardy‘s striking cinematography.  The film opens in the U.K. in a couple weeks, so we’ll soon have a better idea of what to expect from director Alex Garland‘s (writer of 28 Days Later) debut feature.

Hit the jump to check out the new Ex Machina clips along with 12 new images from the sci-fi flick.  Ex Machina opens in the U.K. on January 23rd, will play at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, and open in the U.S. on April 10th.

Via The Playlist.

Here’s the official synopsis for Ex Machina:

Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

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