Ex Machina

Ex Machina

DVD - 2015
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Caleb, a 24-year-old coder at the worldb2(Bs largest Internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the companyb2(Bs reclusive CEO, Nathan. But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the worldb2(Bs first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava. Truths, emotions, and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava, and Nathan intensifies.
Publisher: [United States] :, A24,, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE Ex 2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, 5.1 Dolby Digital, rda
video file, DVD video, rda


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A thought provoking movie that focuses on A.I., but probably reveals more about our current society than about future technology.

JCLOctavia May 12, 2016

A low budget movie with great special effects that seem so real! The pilot is simple and complex. The disco dancing is a great too!

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Nov 30, 2020

One PJ Nabarro said 'At best, it feels more like a calling card or extended short film, but there is enough singularity here to mark Alex Garland out as a writer-director of promise'. Paul Byrnes offered 'This is a film of creepy modernity and prescience, as Metropolis was in its time'.
Can't help thinking they were revising 'Frankenstein'.
My favorite bit: Ava, warning Caleb she'd know if he lies, asks 'What is your favorite color?' He hesitatingly offers 'Red'; she says 'Lie'. He thinks it over, then admits, 'I don't have a favorite color, I'm not six years old any more'.

May 08, 2020

You are a science fiction buff and haven't seen this? Haha. You lose your title.

Apr 24, 2020

A solid sci-fi thriller that's a feast for the eyes. Plus the dance scene with Oscar Isaac was like a free dose of serotonin in these trying times.

🤖 Why would a robot have any gender? You see this in fiction all the time, but it would be a lot of wasted effort in terms of the programming, etc, required to implement it.

Dec 20, 2019

Such an interesting movie. Every camera angle, every scene is specifically thought out. If you know anything or are interested in philosophical thought experiments on consciousness or artificial intelligence, you'll love this movie! It envelops many concepts or ideas about artificial intelligence... really makes you think. I love this movie!

Amazing film, makes you think about what you are seeing.

Jul 31, 2019

This is a horrible SyFy/Thriller that completely insults the intelligence of any thinking person.

Within just 5 minutes of watching Ex-Machina I was already bored to tears and things just got worse from that point in the story until I found myself fighting off sleep just to watch this utter junk to the bitter end.

Whoever the screenwriters were for this one's duller-than-dishwater story, I am convinced that they were just a bunch of blathering idiots.

May 10, 2019

An undiscovered gem. Moody, stylish, cerebral, sophisticated and visually fascinating. The story is somewhat feeble, especially when it stumbles into predictably male-geek fantasy land. But the final plot twist made for a refreshing & unexpected ending.

Nov 04, 2018

Very interesting. Precursor to the future?

Hillsboro_RobP Oct 29, 2018

A very Phillip K. Dick exploration of AI that will either strike you as a thoughtfully constructed and beautifully rendered piece of science fiction, or a slow, predictable mess. You won't know which until you watch it.

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Jun 24, 2018

Ava: Isn't it strange, to create something that hates you?

Oct 14, 2015

Nathan: Here's the weird thing about search engines. It was like striking oil in a world that hadn't invented internal combustion. Too much raw material. Nobody knew what to do with it. You see, my competitors, they were fixated on sucking it up and monetizing via shopping and social media. They thought that search engines were a map of what people were thinking. But actually they were a map of how people were thinking. Impulse. Response. Fluid. Imperfect. Patterned. Chaotic.

Oct 14, 2015

Caleb: When I was in college, I did a semester on AI theory. There was a thought experiment they gave us. It's called "Mary in the Black and White Room." Mary is a scientist, and her specialist subject is color. She knows everything there is to know about it. The wavelengths. The neurological effects. Every possible property that color can have. But she lives in a black and white room. She was born there and raised there. And she can only observe the outside world on a black and white monitor. And then one day someone opens the door. And Mary walks out. And she sees a blue sky. And at that moment, she learns something that all her studies couldn't tell her. She learns what it feels like to see color. The thought experiment was to show the students the difference between a computer and a human mind. The computer is Mary in the black and white room. The human is when she walks out.

Oct 14, 2015

Nathan: Look, the arrival of strong artificial intelligence has been inevitable for decades. The variable was "when," not "if." So I don't see Ava as a decision, just an evolution. I think it's the next model that's gonna be the real breakthrough. The singularity. … Ava was a rat in a maze. And I gave her one way out. To escape, she'd have to use self-awareness, imagination, manipulation, sexuality, empathy, and she did. …

Nathan quoting wise sayings (or Satakas) of the sanskrit author Bhartrihari: In battle, in the forest, on the precipice of the mountain. On the... The great dark sea. In sleep, in confusion, in the depths of shame. The good deeds a man has done before defend him. The good deeds a man has done before defends him.

Oct 14, 2015

Caleb: Why did you give her sexuality? An AI doesn't need a gender. She could have been a gray box.
Nathan: Hmm. Actually, I don't think that's true. Can you give an example of consciousness, at any level, human or animal, that exists without a sexual dimension?
Caleb: They have sexuality as an evolutionary reproductive need. What imperative does a gray box have to interact with another gray box?
Nathan: Can consciousness exist without interaction? Anyway, sexuality is fun, man. If you're gonna exist, why not enjoy it?

Oct 14, 2015

Caleb: How long until we get to his estate?
Helicopter pilot: (LAUGHING) We've been flying over his estate for the past two hours.

Nathan: do you know what the Turing Test is?
Caleb: Yeah. I know what the Turing Test is. It's when a human interacts with a computer. And if the human doesn't know they're interacting with a computer, the test is passed.
Nathan: And what does a pass tell us?
Caleb: That the computer has artificial intelligence.


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Oct 31, 2015

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Jun 24, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Violent scene with a knife.

LoganLib_Bailey Jun 22, 2016

Sexual Content: Full frontal female nudity.


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