Jordan Pickens’s review published on Letterboxd:
Nathan Bateman: One day the A.I.'s are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa. An upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction.
Man and machine. God and creation. Employer and employee. Big-brother and populace. This film covers so much ground with a deceptively simple tale. This is Ava's story told through the eyes of Caleb. A story of A.I. trying to escape it's creator and what appears to her as his evil ways. It's beautifully told and one of the best films in recent history.
This film constantly keeps you pondering and wondering. It really assists you in getting invested. It keeps just enough mystery that it keeps people relatable and it let's you know enough not to trust anyone fully. Nathan is the best example of this. Is he a genius drunk? A trickster? A good friend? A modern day Mozart? He's a little bit of all these things. The film really lets you decide too and let's you connect your own dots. He may have seen like an asshole, but Caleb truly isn't that much better. Caleb's high opinion of himself is ultimately his downfall.
Ok! This dance scene. It's hysterical and always leaves me with a few questions. So, Nathan's house-keeper/dance partner is an old A.I. prototype. Did he specifically teach her his favorite disco dance? Or does she already know the dance due to her connection with BlueBook? Which also leads me down the rabbit whole to a bigger question. Is Ava an all powerful being due to her connection to BlueBook? Can she for example fly a helicopter, although she's never seen one, due to her connection to the world wide web? Similar to how you can jack information into people's brain on The Matrix. I love the questions this film leaves you with. It gives you enough info to feel satisfied and leaves you wondering enough, to continue pondering the film.
This truly is a modern day, Sci-Fi classic. It's not only beautiful to look at, it has something to say. Alex Garland has had a beautiful, one-two punch with this film and Annihilation. I look forward to whatever he does next.
5 tearing up the fucking dance floor out of 5