Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, Ex Machina. Ahead of the SXSW premiere a trailer has been booted up and really plays up the red herring angle, like, a lot. There’s a lot of playful confusion thrown at the viewer, making it unclear who the real antagonist is: the robot, or the scientist who created her. Oh, and the robot gets sexy by putting on some lingerie, that was interesting…
“Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).
Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.”
Ex Machina hits theaters April 10.