A young man wins a high-level IT competition to spend a week with the world’s leading tech guru on his country estate. It turns out the guru wants our hero to test a cyborg that he’s built, to see if the artificial intelligence is truly ‘sentient’. The movie is then organised via a series of film-recorded ‘interviews’ between our hero and the ostensibly female cyborg. However, there are periodic power-outages and the film recording fails, at which point the cyborg tells the hero not to believe anything the tech guru says. Ultimately, the hero begins to fall for the cyborg and agrees to help her escape her prison!
This storyline bears an uncanny resemblance to the plot of the madam in Westworld, of course. A lot of the visuals are also strikingly similar. Ex Machina pre-dates Westworld by a couple of years, of course. Nuff said.
If you’re a scifi fan who likes movies with the thoughtful vibe of Moon, then you’ll love Ex Machina. A must-see, with clever plot twists throughout. It’s a 9 out of 10 from me.