He helped redefine the zombie genre with 28 Days Later, and he helped wash the bad taste of the Sylvester Stallone-starring Judge Dredd out of our mouths with 2012’s Dredd, and now Alex Garland wants us to re-think artificial intelligence. It’s a tough topic to break despite the efforts of two recent high-profile, and high-budget, misfires (Transcendence and Chappie), but according to the early reviews from this year’s South By Southwest, Garland stands a better than average chance of changing that with his new film Ex Machina. In the fascinating and haunting new trailer, we get a new look at what Garland has in store with the movie. Does it make you even more anxious to see it? Let’s find out.
Haven’t heard of Ex Machina yet? Well think of Frankenstein meets Blade Runner. It stars Oscar Isaac as a reclusive tech company billionaire and inventor, who brings an employee played by Domhnall Gleeson to his isolated home/lab in order to examine his latest invention, an artificial intelligence in an android body named Ava, played by Alicia Vikander. From the looks of the trailer it seems as if Garland, who’s making his directorial debut with Ex Machina, is going to be seriously testing some pre-conceived notions about A.I. in what promises to be a more psychological than technological look at the material. But why take my word for it? Check out the new trailer for youself.
Or I suppose you can always look at it as a tease fo Star Wars: The Force Awakens since it stars two of the cast members from that other low budget indie sci-fi movie.
The official synopsis:
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.
Ex Machina will be in theaters everywhere April 10.