April 23, 2015 at 10:21 am #185738
I’m surprised there’s not a thread about “Ex Machina” yet.
New sci-fi flick that’s the directorial debut of Alex Garland, who wrote 28 Days Later, starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander.
It’s at 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s slowly expanding and I saw it last weekend.
Here’s my Movie Minute Review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPTgLWCihgk&list=PLZ9JFEQ2TiT0VRlp9fJqIbLJs_ughBbYnApril 23, 2015 at 4:33 pm #185740
I’m seeing this in a few hours and I can’t wait. It looks excellent.April 23, 2015 at 8:02 pm #185741
I saw it yesterday but wanted it to sink in for a bit before writing my review but here it is now:
This is a very interesting film that I needed a day to really absorb. It is a very creative movie with very well written dialogue and commentary on society. Domhnall Gleeson gives his best performance to date as the lead but the real shining stars here are Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac. Alicia Vikander plays the android and does it really well with every body movement and facial twitch. Oscar Isaac, I’ve said it before and I won’t stop saying it, is one of our best actors working today and this performance is so crazy and complex and in other hands it would have been a pretty boring character but Isaac’s charisma really amplifies his character’s interest levels throughout the film. I’ve been going back and forth from a 4 and a 4 1/2 all day due to a few reasons. I think we needed more scenes with the android and Domhnall to really build more on this relationship they developed. I was never really sold that they loved each other. It could have benefited and I can’t believe I’m saying this but less of Isaac to make his scenes even more impactful. Still, the script is so great and the production design is marvelous and a beautiful final sequence, it’s hard to ignore this movie’s greatness. It had shades of Under the Skin, Her, and AI and it has peaked my interests to see this director’s past films that he wrote but it is also worth noting that this is a pretty incredible debut of a film for a director. I also liked the score but some times it gets really screechy to the point I saw many people had to cover their ears so fair warning if you have sensitive hearing. Seek this one out it is definitely worth it. 4 1/2 starsApril 24, 2015 at 5:34 am #185742
I really liked ‘Ex Machina’. Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander are all terrific in the central roles, and it poses some very interesting questions that made for great debate and conversation between my brothers and I once the movie was over. Writer Alex Garland (who previously wrote ’28 Days Later’ and ‘Sunshine’ for Danny Boyle, among others) makes his directorial debut here, and he is more than capable as a director; this might also be his most thought provoking screenplay. The cinematography is great, the whole film is just beautiful to look at, and the subtle use of visual effects are seamless and completely realistic. I also loved the design of the compound in the film. Even though this is a sci-fi thriller of sorts, the conversations between the three leads are the most thrilling thing about it, and the most fascinating. But that Oscar Isaac dance scene tho!!! That will probably be among my favorite scenes of the year.April 24, 2015 at 12:27 pm #185743
Did this film ever bug some of my friends. They are scientists (not, “junk” science that is soooo common now) and did they ever leave the theatre angry. One of them ‘ranted’ well past midnight afterwards. Lol.
It didnt bother me much as I expected the nudity however brief (objectification) and the gender of this AI. Plus, I’ve seen read and heard all of this before many many times. But the story is told in as fresh a way as it could muster. I can do without the ethical and moral questions as one can only take so much of this and I’m not a preteen anymore (dammit). But if it’s at all new, more power to them.
Still, an entertaining albeit somewhat “P incorrect” movie.May 7, 2015 at 6:37 pm #185744
Natalie Portman is in early talks for Alex Garland’s next sci-fi pic Annihilation, an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel about an all female team of a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor who set out into an area known as Area X, abandoned and cut off from the rest of civilization. They are the 12th expedition. The other expeditions have been fraught with disappearances, suicides, aggressive cancers, and mental trauma.May 7, 2015 at 7:31 pm #185745
Saw this a few days ago and it is great. Best film of the year so far.May 7, 2015 at 8:19 pm #185746
Natalie Portman is in early talks for Alex Garland’s next sci-fi pic Annihilation, an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel about an all female team of a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor who set out into an area known as Area X, abandoned and cut off from the rest of civilization. They are the 12th expedition. The other expeditions have been fraught with disappearances, suicides, aggressive cancers, and mental trauma.
I read that Julianne Moore and Tilda Swinton are vying for some of the other roles, but the studio wants to lock in Portman first before bringing anyone else on. I’d love for her to do it.May 9, 2015 at 5:51 am #185747
Adored this film!
FYC: Alex Garland for Best Original ScreenplayMay 9, 2015 at 6:07 am #185748
Saw this yesterday. I absolutely loved it! I thought it was interesting how it is not just a film about the questionable creation of artificial intelligence, but it is also a battle of the sexes and creates a unique metaphor about women being objectified. I also thought the performances by the three leads are terrific and pulled off characters that could’ve easily been one-note yet they all gave their respective characters such rich complexity. Plus, the score was haunting, the cinematography was beautiful, and I loved the smart writing/direction from Alex Garland.
Grade: A+May 15, 2015 at 9:26 pm #185749
Finally saw this tonight, and I was not dissapointed. This film was excellent, and thought provoking in all the right ways. I don’t care if the science doesn’t line up, it really doesn’t have to. It is at it’s core a story about humanity, and one that really resonated with me. The standout for me was definitely Isaac, but the acting and screenplay were both excellent. Special mention of course to the production design, and especially the score, which propelled the film forward in a fantastic way.
To the point about the nudity that babypook brought up, I had a small struggle with it, but got past it in retrospect. I find nudity, especially female nudity, is very often unnecessary, and doesn’t serve the plot. If I think the scene would have just as much or even more impact if the character was clothed, than I consider it unnecessary. In this film, it was absolutely required. Ava’s gender was a key point of the film, and the ending was a rebirth of sorts into a human form, and acted as an extension of her preexisting humanity. The nudity also spoke volumes about Nathan, with his treatment of the AIs throughout being an integral aspect of the plot. I don’t think the film could have incited the same discussion about humanity without it, so I will give it the pass on that front. You are of course welcome to disagree, and I would love to hear a counterpoint if someone feels strongly about it. And if you haven’t seen the film, definitely watch it.
Come participate in this year's Goldderby Rankings! http://www.goldderby.com/forum/movies/2017-goldderby-rankings/May 17, 2015 at 8:31 pm #185750
[quote=”edsonlnoe”]Natalie Portman is in early talks for Alex Garland’s next sci-fi pic Annihilation, an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel about an all female team of a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor who set out into an area known as Area X, abandoned and cut off from the rest of civilization. They are the 12th expedition. The other expeditions have been fraught with disappearances, suicides, aggressive cancers, and mental trauma.
I read that Julianne Moore and Tilda Swinton are vying for some of the other roles, but the studio wants to lock in Portman first before bringing anyone else on. I’d love for her to do it. [/quote]
Can. You. Imagine.
Now I need this. I especially need Tildita in this. If doesn’t happen I’m gonna be upset.
September 7, 2015 at 10:26 am #185751
Saw this yesterday, very interesting movie, Garland sure is one talented motherf… and oscar Isaac, no words to describe his complex and powerfull performance, best movie I have seen this year. A+.
Very looking foward to ” Annihilation ” . The premisse is just right up my alley.September 7, 2015 at 5:31 pm #185752
Still, the best film I’ve seen this year. A startling beautiful and original thriller by an auteur on the rise. It’s a shame the only recognition this film get will be at the Indie Spirit Awards.