Ex Machina: Trailer #3

On the eve of its US release, A24 put out one more trailer for Alex Garland’s artificial intelligence thriller starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander. This one emphasizes the connection to actual science and social theory regarding the subject. Along with additional images and scenes from the film, quotes on the subject matter from 21st century thinkers, scientists and businessmen are interspersed instead of the usual critics blurbs.

My favourite is from Dr. Scott Phoenix: “If you invent artificial intelligence, that is the last invention you will ever have to invent.” Sounds either ominous or optimistic. Possibly, paradoxically, both.

A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.

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antho42
Guest

Many vusual cues of The Skin I Live In. Isaac still the show. He is really good at playing ahole characters.

Andrew James
Admin

Film is very slick and has wonderful characters and performances.

The moments of interaction are pretty great, but they are few. Nothing new in the ideas or philosophy department. I feel like the ethics within AI has kind of been done to death in dozens of other (better and worse) films.

I liked this movie and might watch it again someday, but it’s nothing special. Nailed the ending though!

3.5/5 STARS

antho42
Guest

The bro, mad scientist was an interesting take; he adds black comedy and suspense to the film (you can never fully read him, but still manages to remain very charismatic). Also,easily, the dancing sequence of 2015.

Goon
Guest

SPOILERS

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SUMMONING PLOT HOLE DEBUNKER SQUAD (aka Matt Brown, who I saw on Letterboxd really likes this)

I really loved it. So did Nikki, however, immediately after seeing it initially felt disappointed because of a few plot holes that in her mind blew “a perfect game” late in the film.

specifically, since Caleb rigged the security to open doors after the red-light cued power failure, how is it he gets a) stuck in the room and b) that it happens again when trying to access the computer? Is there a detail we both missed? Seeing a lot of various explanations and no one seems to ring as a true winner, but maybe one is.

includes the various, either on their own or in combination:
– that the doors open during the power failure, but return to previous settings after
– that it was set up for Nathan’s room to be locked so he would remain trapped, but the other doors are still open
– that Ava locked it when she left him alone ( I don’t remember this if so )
– that with the computer, that was not a surge failure, it was a security breach since he did not have access to his computer, so the doors would not unlock after that, despite the red light maybe being a visual trigger for us to think otherwise

Thoughts?

Matt Brown
Admin

I’m with Kurt – I see what you’re saying but it didn’t really impact my enjoyment of the film. Generally speaking though I’m the sort of guy for whom questions of “what secret plan didn’t quite work out?” never fully track for me because I have trouble absorbing the details.

Goon
Guest

It doesn’t really impact my enjoyment either, but like with Prometheus and Edge of Tomorrow, having something to fall back on brings some small sort of comfort. A quantum of solace if you will.

But I think in general I don’t really care too much about plot holes so much as I care when characters start (solely in service of plot) behaving contrary to how they were set up and should naturally be acting.

Goon
Guest

The other common “plot hole” complaint, since I’m on this, is “Why didn’t he just set Ava free when he had Nathan’s key card the night before? Why bother writing a code at all when it just took care of itself?”

Matt Gamble
Guest

The helicopter didn’t come to pick him up until the next day.

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