Posted on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Alex Garland‘s directorial debut Ex Machina knocked us out with its combination of provocative writing, impeccable craftsmanship, and detailed performances from Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander. The film has played around the world and is gradually expanding across the United States.
Now there’s one more Ex Machina trailer to see, and it’s a doozy — a brief but dense treatise on the dangers of the development of artificial intelligence, set to some of the film’s darkly ominous score, by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury. Oh, and the film’s distributor has also released a video featuring the great Ex Machina dance scene. No spoilers in noting that (it’s official marketing, after all) but for those who’ve already seen the film, the second video below is going to be your jam.
This trailer is definitely cut for a wide-release audience, as it gives up some backstory about how the film’s AI was created by Oscar Isaac’s character. There’s nothing particularly spoilerish here, but as always if you’d prefer to go in relatively cold, this trailer isn’t the one for you.
There’s also this video, which distributor A24 cut together featuring two great scenes from a seemingly unrelated pair of films from the distributor.
If you haven’t seen Ex Machina I wouldn’t watch this just yet. It’s not exactly spoilerish, but it’s a good bit that plays better in context the first time. If you have seen the film, you’ll probably watch this a few times in a row.
Ex Machina is now playing in some US markets, and expands to a wide release this coming weekend. Trailer via A24.
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Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. 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––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.