Review: Ex Machina

Ex MachinaI must say, I am impressed, in love and also mentally drained watching Ex Machina. It’s bone chilling, it’s geeky, it’s the perfect example of sci-fi thriller. Love it, love it, love it!

Caleb Smith, 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. 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, a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

My first impression of Ex Machina is the pace is really slow, but it built really intense. If you’re into Artificial Intelligence and human consciousness, you’ll feel some bone-chilling moment along the line. Ex Machina make us (at least, me) doing our (my) own private Turing tests on Ava, examining her, interpreting her words, her actions, starting to care for her, on an emotional and moral level.

I know it sounds boring if you over-thinking in a movie or believe that there will be a message that they will delivered by the end of it. But for me, Ex Machina is high-IQ sci-fi movie, so even if Ex Machina is a simple movie, I felt there should be multiple themes inside that’s continuously intriguing.

Ex Machina was written and directed by Alex Garland, the genius behind 28 Days Later, Dredd, Sunshine, and Enslaved, so you can imagine how great it is, right? Alex Garland also combine his dark twists into realistic fantasy with unexpected streaks of sympathy for human, and humanoid, that also gives tension and horror in this movie.

The other thing I found interesting in this movie is when Caleb type a code in the movie. Since it’s in python and I’m still learning python I tried to re-wrote that code then run it in my terminal, just because.. you know.. practice.

Ex Machina codesThe result of this code is:

ISBN = 9780199226559

I felt like found terasure! Haha, I googled the ISBN, just found out that was a book Titled “Embodiment and the inner life: Cognition and Consciousness in the Space of Possible Minds.” by Murray Shanahan, you can found it in Amazon.

To understand the mind and its place in Nature is one of the great intellectual challenges of our time, a challenge that is both scientific and philosophical. How does cognition influence an animal’s behaviour? What are its neural underpinnings? How is the inner life of a human being constituted? What are the neural underpinnings of the conscious condition? This book approaches each of these questions from a scientific standpoint. But it contends that, before we can make progress on them, we have to give up the habit of thinking metaphysically, a habit that creates a fog of philosophical confusion. From this post-reflective point of view, the book argues for an intimate relationship between cognition, sensorimotor embodiment, and the integrative character of the conscious condition. Drawing on insights from psychology, neuroscience, and dynamical systems, it proposes an empirical theory of this three-way relationship whose principles, not being tied to the contingencies of biology or physics, are applicable to the whole space of possible minds in which humans and other animals are included. The book provides a joined-up theory of consciousness.

And also, because of that stuff I re-watch Ex Machina just to find out little details that might be another easter eggs from Alex Garland. Haha. I even created my own theory that Nathan’s consistent drinking is an allusion to Prometheus, a greek god who had his liver eaten out by an eagle daily after descending from the Heavens to give fire to man. Since it was a punishment for betraying the gods and elevating humankind, like Nathan, he punishes his liver.

But again, this could be just me and my crazy mind.

Director: Alex Garland

Writer: Alex Garland


  • Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb
  • Alicia Vikander as Ava
  • Oscar Isaac as Nathan
  • Sonoya Mizuno as Kyoko
  • Symara A. Templeman as Jasmine
  • Elina Alminas as Amber

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Metacritic Score: 78/100


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