Movie: Ex Machina
My Rating: 4 stars
I’ve been doing a pretty good job of actually getting to the theater to see movies while they’re still running. And, the movies have been really good this summer. I was particularly glad I caught this one when I did, because it was really dramatic on the big screen. The movie is a really stylish, kinda sexy, psychological thriller. And, you really get to feel the full impact of the horror with the large format image and full surround sound. The soundtrack is haunting. And, I really think you should see this movie, because it really made an impact on me.
I’m having a hard time pinpointing what I liked most about this film because all the elements blend together to make a very intoxicating mood. There’s the ultra-sleek, modern house that the story is set in. It’s cold, yet super stylish. Then there are the beautiful women who roam the halls—silent and enigmatic. It all hints at something very dark going on just below the surface. The score is jarring and dissonant. And, it creates a very scary atmosphere. I wouldn’t call this a horror movie, because it really is more of a psychological drama. But, a lot of the uneasiness that the set, soundtrack, and story line create really reminds me of the horror genre. Because, any good horror movie is all about creating anticipation and letting it grow as slowly as an audience will tolerate. And, this movie has all that. But, I suppose what I appreciate most is that the movie still manages to throw in a little dark humor along with all the heavy stuff.
Most of the humor centers around Oscar Isaac’s performance as the brilliant, reclusive, and totally asshole-ish tech mogul. His character is brilliant. He’s super cool. He has great taste. And his intellect is astounding. But, he’s such a dick! It’s so funny. And his interactions with Domhnall Gleeson’s character are priceless. And, then there’s Alicia Vikander’s performance to contend with. She’s amazing as the robot the two men are studying. I heard that she’s a ballerina, and I believe it because her body control is amazing. She manages to create small body movements that are in some ways very human, but just off enough to feel alien or artificial. It’s a character who has studied how to act like a human, but who doesn’t know what it all means. It’s pretty amazing.
I was really impressed by this movie. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s the kind of thing that I find myself thinking about a lot, even all this time after having seen it. So, I’m telling everyone I can to go see this one. It’s that interesting.