I think that how much you like Ex Machina directly correlates with how much time you spend thinking about it. If you watch it and forget it, without giving it a deeper thought, you might believe it’s an above-average (albeit beautifully shot) sci-fi movie. If you dig a little deeper, though, and think about what the film is really trying to talk about, I believe you’ll come away thinking it’s one of the best films of the year.
There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to Ex Machina, and you can look at it under many different lenses. You can watch it as a preview of the not-so-distant future, when robots like Ava (will probably) exist. You can watch it as an examination of a self-proclaimed genius and the effects hubris has on a person’s perception of the world around him. You can watch it as an examination of gender politics. I could go on, but you get the point: there’s a lot to dig into here, and it all comes down to watching the movie you want to see.
Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, and Oscar Isaac are all in peak form in this film. There are other actors in the film, yes, but it’s these three that are the only ones on screen for about 95% of the film. The dynamic between the three characters is fascinating, and the twists and turns the story throws at you in regards to how these characters continually aim to one-up one another all feel natural (even if some are a bit predictable).
Ex Machina is not only one of the best films I’ve seen so far in 2015, but it’s also one of the most important. Movies should make you think about things beyond their story, and that’s exactly what happens here. Watch this movie, think about what it means, then discuss it with everyone you can. It’s worth your time to do all these things and to expand your mind!