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  • Ex Machina
    Director: Alex Garland
    Writer: Alex Garland
    Soundtrack:  Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and composer Ben Salisbury
    Starring: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac
     
    Ex Machina is thrilling, bizarre, interesting and at times funny. The story follows a coder who wins an opportunity to experiment with secret humanoid artificial intelligence technology being developed by his boss. 
     
    The trailer’s don’t do it much justice unfortunately. My desire to see it stemmed from my love for writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later, The Beach novel) who makes his directorial debut and soundtrack artist Geoff Barrow (Portishead). The trailer makes it seem a little Blockbuster-ish, but the slick look is reinforced with a script filled with the nuances that make life real. These small details make any suspension of disbelief less potent.


     
    My true recommendation is to skip out on watching a trailer. Avoid it at all costs. It’s not slapstick. It’s not a romantic comedy. It’s not an action flick. It is a thrilling script with phenomenal acting that jumps right in to the action, and before you know it you’re at the gut-wrenching conclusion. Good company for post-movie discussion is encouraged.
     
    If you dig the soundtrack, it’s currently available digitally. The CD version can be pre-ordered here and comes as a double jewel case package - with Disc 1 featuring the main score and Disc 2 featuring bonus material, not available on the digital version. A double-vinyl set is currently being pressed, but no release date has been announced.