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Digital Release: Ex Machina

July 14, 2015

By John Corrado

Ex Machina PosterToday, Mongrel Media is releasing the critically acclaimed science fiction thriller Ex Machina on all home entertainment platforms, including iTunes.  Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is a bright computer programmer who is invited to the private estate of reclusive coding genius Nathan (Oscar Isaac), to complete the Turing Test for his latest invention, a sentient and artificially intelligent robot named Ava (Alicia Vikandor), but obsession starts to take hold.

Domhnall Gleeson does an excellent job of carrying the film, with his increasing paranoia transferring over to the audience, as his character starts to figure things out at the exact same moments that we start to piece together the puzzle.  Oscar Isaac seems consumed by his increasingly creepy role, and Alicia Vikandor gives a haunting and nuanced performance as the central artificial intelligence, a breakout turn for the young actress.

Working from his own highly intelligent screenplay, director Alex Garland does an excellent job of slowly building tension, with the landscapes and impressively designed fortress providing a chilly sense of atmosphere.  Raising fascinating questions about what constitutes consciousness and how sexuality is used for manipulation, as well as the precise moment when the singularity becomes reality, Ex Machina is an engaging and incredibly thought provoking film that provides enough gripping suspense and stimulating mind games, to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Ex Machina is 108 minutes and rated 14A.

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