New Featurette for Ex Machina: 'When Humans Become Gods'
Ex Machina, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later and Sunshine writer Alex Garland, is far and away one of our most anticipated films of the year. This new featurette, in which the director and cast discuss the philosophies that underlie the writing of the film, only makes us more excited:
Ex Machina, which stars Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander, follows a computer programmer at "a very large internet search engine company" (I love that Google has replaced the government as the villain in movie conspiracy theories) who is invited to spend a week at his boss's mountain home, only to find that he's been roped into an artificial intelligence experiment. The featurette comes along with the announcement that the film will premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.
The AI's name is Ava, and she's both sentient and intelligent enough for Oscar Isaac to refer to her creation as "the singularity." The featurette explores the ethics of the depicted situation, with Garland saying: "If you have created a consciousness in the body of a machine, that machine starts having the same kinds of rights that we do. For example, if you're imprisoning the machine, and the machine doesn't want to be imprisoned, then suddenly it turns into an ethical question."
It sounds like Isaac and Gleeson's characters are punished dearly for mankind's hubris, however, as Garland ominously goes on to say: "As homo sapiens, we don't feel particularly bad about neanderthal man or Australopithecus, which we replaced. If they're better than us, they're smarter, they live longer, who are we to say?"
Ex Machina comes out in theaters on April 10.