Making his directorial debut, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go writer Alex Garland is back with some more disquieting, compelling, stylish hard genre fare with Ex Machina.
The film stars About Time's Domhnall Gleeson as a big tech company's programmer who wins the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-esque prize of spending the week on a wooded retreat with his company's reclusive, genius founder, Oscar Isaac. But what Gleeson thought would be a nice, relaxing vacation, where his only constant worry is getting himself fired, ends up being something far more stressful. As it turns out, Isaac does not want to go hiking, then spend the evenings in playing board games and drinking cider. He's actually brought Gleeson out there to take part in a Turing test--an experiment to see how convincingly human an artificial intelligence is--with a seductive android of his own construction. Debates about humanity, morality, and mortality are raised. Tensions rise as sexual desires and trusts are questioned. No one ever seems to get around to kayaking. Have a look at the first trailers below.
So either Llewyn Davis or Brendan Gleeson's son is probably a secret robot somehow, right?