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Ex Machina

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a highly advanced humanoid A.I.
October 2019
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Ex Machina

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Director: Alex Garland

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, and Oscar Isaac


2014, UK, 108 minutes, Digital, R

Language: English

Distributor: A24

Expert Guests:

Dr. Veit Stuphorn, Associate Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Gregory Hager, Mandell Bellmore Professor of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University

Throughout Fall 2019, Science and Film will explore the meanings and uses of science and technology in film through special screenings, guest lectures and and interactive discussions.

Program Notes

Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, Ex Machina. Caleb Smith (Domhnall 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 (Oscar 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 (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.


Winner of the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects

Critics' Praise

“Ex Machina has a precise visual sheen that evokes David Fincher, and earns the sudden, quiet, powerful scares of his best work.”
– David Sims, The Atlantic

“Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is a chilling view of the future of AI, brought to captivating life through the performances of Isaac, Gleeson, and Vikander.”
– David Fontana, Film Inquiry

“Shrewdly imagined and persuasively made, Ex Machina is a spooky piece of speculative fiction that’s completely plausible, capable of both thinking big thoughts and providing pulp thrills.”
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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