Mind games are afoot in Alex Garland’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Ex Machina. And Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) finds himself in the middle of them as he gets much more than he bargained for when he is selected to evaluate how well a newly developed artificial intelligence represents human intellect and behavior. In the form of a beautiful, manipulative female construct named Ava, Caleb soon finds the lines blurred between what is organic and man-made and ultimately at odds with Ava’s creator Nathan (Oscar Isaac) on her existence and the future of the science. There are plenty of chess moves to take in in the trailers (above and below) as Ava and Nathan work their angles against each other. Take a look and a think, courtesy of A24 Films.
Ex Machina stars Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander.
Caleb Smith (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 (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 (Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated — and more deceptive — than the two men could have imagined.
Ex Machina comes to life in US theaters on April 10, 2015 and UK theaters on January 21, 2015.