Just saw the movie "EX_MACHINA" and it passes the sci-fi Adam test.
- Refreshing lack of explosions and car chases
- Engaging dialogue
- Gorgeous and patient cinematography
- Intriguing characters
- Interesting plot
Oh, and by "patient cinematography," I mean pretty much the opposite of most American films, which infuriatingly fill near every moment with dialogue, frenetic motion, etc. In Ex Machina, there are quiet pauses, terrifying emptinesses, uncomfortable silences reminiscent of the movie 2001... with the grandiosity of nature substituting for the immensity of outer space, and the stark coldness of a research facility standing in for the claustrophobic atmosphere of a spaceship.
There are also boobs and other assorted naked bits. But -- contrary to what some insist -- I feel they were not gratuitous; if anything their presence in this film made me uncomfortable.
In fact, I felt uncomfortable, or at least unsettled, at many points throughout the film. I'd indeed question the humanity of anyone who didn't occasionally squirm in discomfort... and that's a comment or even compliment on the powerful tension rather than a criticism.
In short, this is a dark, thoughtful, and disturbing film. Not a horrifying or gory one, but one that may haunt you nonetheless.
With all of that said, it's not a perfect
movie. I found the bass'y music to be annoying at times, and I would, perhaps, have liked moments of tension-relief to be a bit more frequent. Also, the initial Winner! scene -- albeit the one part of the film blisteringly paced -- could have been dispensed altogether, propelling us headfirst into the helicopter scene.
But on the whole, this is a movie well worth seeing... and ideally in the theatre.
One word of advice, by the way: Don't watch the trailer. As with most trailers, in my opinion, this one spoils at least some minor but delicious surprises.
Have any of you seen the film? Without throwing any spoilers into the mix, what did you think of it? #exmachina #scifi #movies