Watch the First Trailer for Ex Machina, Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander

Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 9:41AM
Ex-Machina
Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 9:41AM
Watch the First Trailer for Ex Machina, Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander

"One day, the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossils."

 

 

Ex Machina, an upcoming sci-fi film by 28 Days Later writer Alex Garland, seems to resemble Her in thriller form. It follows a coder (Domhnall Gleeson) who wins a contest to spend a relaxing week at his boss's (Oscar Isaac) secluded house in the mountains, but then discovers that he is actually part of an artificial intelligence experiment, which Isaac's character calls "a Turing test." Since Gleeson's character already knows that Ava (Alicia Vikander) is an AI, I can only speculate that the "test" involves him developing emotional attachment to her. The AI is physically beautiful and programmed to have sexuality, as well as a survival instinct. When she asks, "What will happen to me if I fail your test?" we feel sorry for her, although we're also clearly supposed to be afraid of her, as well as Isaac's duplicitous CEO. He may be part of some kind of conspiracy, and judging from the film's description as a "love triangle," he's a rival for Ava's affections as well.

 

Here are three posters for the film, with the eerie taglines "There's nothing more human than the will to survive" and "To erase the line between man and machine is to obscure the line between men and gods." The former seems to refer to her survival instinct, and her propensity to deceive Gleeson's character in order to pass the test. The latter fits in well with the title, which is clearly a reference to the phrase "Deus ex machina." "Deus ex machina" generally refers to an obvious contrivance in a fictional story that solves an "unsolvable" problem, but the phrase literally means "god from device/artifice" in Latin.

 

[Credit: A24]

 

[Credit: A24]

 

[Credit: A24]

 

The film is currently set to be released on April 10, 2015.

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