Ex Machina opened in cinemas this weekend and has already proved a big hit with critics and fans alike.
It tells the story of Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a lonely 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company.
Caleb wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the reclusive CEO of the company. But when he arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with Ava (Alicia Vikander) the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.
The film is directed by Alex Garland.
‘Ex Machina is a smart, tricksy study of artificial intelligence and tech-sex that explores a credible near-future take on the man-machine relationship’
Wendy Ide The Times UK
‘This is bewitchingly smart science fiction of a type that’s all too rare. Its intelligence is anything but artificial’
Robbie Collin Daily Telegraph
‘Armed with spectacular effects and big ideas, Ex Machina might just be 2015’s most ambitious and thought-provoking sci-fi’
Matt Maytum Total Film
‘Ex Machina is an assured debut, loaded with uneasy techno-fetishism, unexpected moments of humour (including a great Ghostbusters reference and some fleet-footed dancing) and subtly affecting performances. If you’re looking for an intelligent, disquieting science fiction film, this one’s unmissable’
Ryan Lambie Den of Geek
Double Negative have also received great mention from the critics for our beautiful work on Ava.
‘With the help of Double Negative’s laudable VFX, Ava is familiar, recalling Sonny in I-Robot and Bjork in Chris Cunningham’s All Is Full Of Love video, yet unique, with a glowing midriff power-core on display. Her heart, in a sense, is for all to see’
Dan Jolin Empire Magazine
‘Blending balletic physical performance with Double Negative’s excellently rendered computer graphics, Vikander’s Ava beautifully blurs the line between “mecha” and “orga” (in the lexicon of Spielberg’s AI), inflecting the most natural gestures – a tilt of the head, a roll of the wrist, a flicker of a smile – with a hint of artifice, subtly accentuated by a whispered symphony of gyroscopic noise.’
Mark Kermode The Guardian
‘Double Negative… take reference points from Vikander’s mesh costume to create her largely transparent robot form: the see-through outer layer revealing a gleaming chrome skeleton and intricate wiring to mesmerising effect’
Matt Maytum Total Film
‘The technical aspects are all top-notch, from production designer Mark Digby’s flawless work through to an evocative score from Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury, though special credit should go to visual effects supervisor Andrew Whitehurst for overseeing effects on the most subtle of sci-fi films. Ex Machina is an absorbing, thrilling and impressively performed film.’
Mark Adams Screen Daily
“Then it was a question of handing over to the VFX team run by the guy called Andrew Whitehurst, I’m not sure if I’ve ever met anyone smarter than Andrew Whitehurst. He’s kind of a genius but he’s also got a creative streak in him. Andrew took that and made it this very complex, very functional looking, but really quite beautiful rather elegant construction.”
Christa Ktorides interviewing Alex Garland DIY
Ex Machina is out in cinemas now so be sure not to miss it!
And if that wasn’t enough to get you in the mood watch the trailer here: