Stunning Trailer for Alex Garland's Sexy Scifi Thriller 'Ex Machina'

Friday, 31 October 2014 08:57 Written by  iamrogue
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Stunning Trailer for Alex Garland's Sexy Scifi Thriller 'Ex Machina'

The teaser trailer for Ex Machina is every shade of promising, confidently building suspense as it swings between an erotic, isolated drama, and a scifi thriller about truth, lies, A.I., and the nature of humanity.

Ex Machina appears to be a loaded little film buoyed by two tremendous performances by Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, both of whom star in next year's Star Wars: Episode VII.

Not to be outdone, Alicia Vikander is poised to steal Ex Machina right out from underneath her two outstanding co-stars, playing Ava, a sexy robot who is both more and less than meets the eye.

The directorial debut of Alex Garland now has domestic distribution thanks to A24, which just yesterday debuted an eye-catching teaser poster that exists in a weird place between sexuality and machinery.

Isaac, who was robbed – robbed! – of awards season glory for Inside Llewyn Davis last year – provided some insight on Ex Machina months ago.  "It's [set] in the not-too-distant future—it actually could very well be the present, it's a little bit undefined—and it all takes place in a house, or at least in a facility," the actor told The Playlist last year.

"I play a billionaire programmer who's developing algorithms for the most popular search engine in the world and no one's seen him or heard from him in quite a long time and one of his employees wins a raffle to come to his place in Alaska and test his newest invention, which happens to be a robot in the female form that may or may not have consciousness."

"So it's very allegorical to the human experience and how you will never know if the way you see the world or the way that I do," he concluded. "We can try to describe it to each other but we will never truly know and it's pretty amazing."

Gleeson, who recently did outstanding work in Frank and About Time, plays the employee who is in way, way over his head.

Ex Machina is set to hit U.S. theaters on April 10, 2015.

Writer-director Garland's a rare talent.  He started out as a novelist with The Beach, which is much, much better than the movie based on it. He has done some fantastic genre work as screenwriter, writing Dredd, 28 Days Later, and the criminally underappreciated Sunshine and Never Let Me Go.  He also wrote several well-received drafts of the Halo adaptation that was nonetheless doomed never to happen despite the involvement of producer Peter Jackson.

Apparently his debut feature has impressed at least one major studio.  According to Variety, Paramount Pictures has hired Garland to write and direct Annihilation, a gothic horror story that's intended to kick off a trilogy.

That makes sense, since the book is the start of author Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy, which concerns a biologist's attempts to solve the mystery of her husband's disappearance in a scifi phantasmagoria.

That film will mark a reunion between Garland and Scott Rudin, the super-producer who also collaborated on Ex Machina.

Here's the official synopsis of Ex Machina, along with a U.K. quad poster highlighting Ava:

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, seductive––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

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