Ex Machina

Ex Machina

DVD - 2015
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Caleb, a coder at the world's largest Internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company's reclusive CEO, Nathan. But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava. Truths, emotions, and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava, and Nathan intensifies.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate : A24, [2015]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE SCIENCE FICTION
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,Region 1
NTSC
widescreen (2.40:1),24 fps
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
4 3/4 in.
1 videodisc (approximately 108 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Ex machina (Motion picture)

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LPL_JoelB Aug 26, 2017

Absolutely spellbinding - gorgeous narrative, cinematography, and score. Raises many interesting questions along the way, and keeps you engaged from start to finish. One of my favorite pieces of science fiction in recent memory while dipping into the realms of psychological thriller as well. A re... Read More »


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vlh
Sep 29, 2017

User mariho's last sentence was exactly what I was thinking.

LPL_JoelB Aug 26, 2017

Absolutely spellbinding - gorgeous narrative, cinematography, and score. Raises many interesting questions along the way, and keeps you engaged from start to finish. One of my favorite pieces of science fiction in recent memory while dipping into the realms of psychological thriller as well. A real conversation starter once you finish.

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reverendmike
Aug 20, 2017

One of my favorites. I enjoyed it even more on the 2nd viewing. Alicia Vikander is fantastic. A thoughtful film with just enough action and suspense. Extra credit for what was (in my view) an unpredictable ending.

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mrkus
Jul 14, 2017

A little un-nerving distant future for mankind....great film...loved it

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bamar097
Jul 14, 2017

Very good build up but a frustrating ending to the film...though it may have been intentional and kind of 'the point' of the movie. Not the type of movie that offers much catharsis in the end lol. Not sure about anyone else, but I was annoyed with the conclusion and hope there's a sequel to come. But great visuals and characters and dynamics between them and lots of mystery. The type of plot where you're sure you know what's happening and only to have perspectives spin on you part way through.

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patch666
Jun 09, 2017

Good movie. All the females cast are great. Slow and burning with a great score and pace. definately 420

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ivanpovarchik
May 27, 2017

Excellent, the begining of future

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FRVincenzi
May 11, 2017

This is what happened when “Blade Runner” and “Body Heat” had a baby. I thought it was good. Kind of a slow burn. So just sit the hell down, be patient, and watch the movie.

Oscar Isaac is a little too scary-brilliant as Drunken-Bearded-Totally-Not-Steve-Jobs-Really-Guys-This-Is-A-Completely-Made-Up-Character-And-Not-Steve-Jobs-So-Nobody-Sue-Us.

Anyway, good story. Classic kind of "When does a self-aware machine have a soul?" speculative fiction, with modern sensibilities, mores, effects.

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therhiannamater
Apr 04, 2017

This is a sneakily suspenseful film with an incredible cast. This was my first time seeing Alicia Vikander in anything and her performance as an AI interacting with an innocent computer tech is so multi-dimensional and mesmerizing. Oscar Isaac nails the idiosyncratic, reclusive billionaire persona and Domhnall Gleeson is impossible to not fall in love with. The dreamy soundtrack adds to the tech-centric tone of the film and carries the intriguing story all the way through its shocking conclusion. This is could be considered a slow burn story, but A24, in my opinion, never disappoints.

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rtmuir2
Mar 19, 2017

What? Just another programmed bitch?
What's up with this language? I find this unacceptable. Are you trying to be funny? Why not write something that is meaningful and explains the issues you have with the film? Thanks.

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Oct 31, 2015

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2015

Nathan: Here's the weird thing about search engines. It was like striking oil in a world that hadn't invented internal combustion. Too much raw material. Nobody knew what to do with it. You see, my competitors, they were fixated on sucking it up and monetizing via shopping and social media. They thought that search engines were a map of what people were thinking. But actually they were a map of how people were thinking. Impulse. Response. Fluid. Imperfect. Patterned. Chaotic.

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2015

Caleb: When I was in college, I did a semester on AI theory. There was a thought experiment they gave us. It's called "Mary in the Black and White Room." Mary is a scientist, and her specialist subject is color. She knows everything there is to know about it. The wavelengths. The neurological effects. Every possible property that color can have. But she lives in a black and white room. She was born there and raised there. And she can only observe the outside world on a black and white monitor. And then one day someone opens the door. And Mary walks out. And she sees a blue sky. And at that moment, she learns something that all her studies couldn't tell her. She learns what it feels like to see color. The thought experiment was to show the students the difference between a computer and a human mind. The computer is Mary in the black and white room. The human is when she walks out.

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2015

Nathan: Look, the arrival of strong artificial intelligence has been inevitable for decades. The variable was "when," not "if." So I don't see Ava as a decision, just an evolution. I think it's the next model that's gonna be the real breakthrough. The singularity. … Ava was a rat in a maze. And I gave her one way out. To escape, she'd have to use self-awareness, imagination, manipulation, sexuality, empathy, and she did. …

Nathan quoting wise sayings (or Satakas) of the sanskrit author Bhartrihari: In battle, in the forest, on the precipice of the mountain. On the... The great dark sea. In sleep, in confusion, in the depths of shame. The good deeds a man has done before defend him. The good deeds a man has done before defends him.

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2015

Caleb: Why did you give her sexuality? An AI doesn't need a gender. She could have been a gray box.
Nathan: Hmm. Actually, I don't think that's true. Can you give an example of consciousness, at any level, human or animal, that exists without a sexual dimension?
Caleb: They have sexuality as an evolutionary reproductive need. What imperative does a gray box have to interact with another gray box?
Nathan: Can consciousness exist without interaction? Anyway, sexuality is fun, man. If you're gonna exist, why not enjoy it?

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2015

Caleb: How long until we get to his estate?
Helicopter pilot: (LAUGHING) We've been flying over his estate for the past two hours.

Nathan: do you know what the Turing Test is?
Caleb: Yeah. I know what the Turing Test is. It's when a human interacts with a computer. And if the human doesn't know they're interacting with a computer, the test is passed.
Nathan: And what does a pass tell us?
Caleb: That the computer has artificial intelligence.

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LoganLib_Bailey Jun 22, 2016

Sexual Content: Full frontal female nudity.

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