Ex Machina ★★★★½

Empires Top 100 Films of the Century #97

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“What will happen to me if I fail your test?”

What a fantastic film. Like the movie mentions in its first act, this feels like a slowly moving game of chess. Logic and skill put to the test and with every moving piece an almost endless number of outcomes emerge.

It’s super compelling from the get go, never truly laying all it’s cards out till the final moments, keeping the suspense high. It’s filmed and shot, almost like a horror movie, the eerie music, and creepy shots of the lavish interior of the house, keeping you second guessing about this rather subtle genre piece. It’s a rather simple premise in this world of Black Mirror episodes, but it works so well. 

Each of the three cast members are great. Especially Alicia Vikanda as Ava, unnerving and creepy but somehow the most human aspect of the movie at times. The films moral dilemma has her at its epicentre and it works all the more for it. Domall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac play off against each other perfectly. Their intentions and motives played out slowly in this game they’re all playing together. 

The entire movie looks fantastic, it’s shot perfectly and the pacing is slow and gripping throughout. I don’t want to say too much, it’s better going into this movie not expecting what will happen, and it’s all the better for it. 

Previously - #98 - Captain America: Civil War - 

#96 - Guardians of the Galaxy

 

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