Ex Machina

Posted at February 12, 2015

I went to see Ex Machina a few weeks ago with the meetup group. It’s about a dev for some Facebook/Google amalgamation called “Bluebook” who wins a trip to spend a week at the Alaskan hideaway of the corporation’s reclusive owner, only to discover he’s there to perform some sort of Turing test on an artificial intelligence.

I can’t say I enjoyed the movie, precisely. I admire its construction and the psychological underpinnings, but on a plot level I found it slow and overly claustrophobic. The plot twists, when they came, were generally pretty good. The ending was the best part, ambiguous in a way that serves the rest of the film, yet moving. In the weeks since I’ve thought of it repeatedly.