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Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2406 out of 2546)

Synopsis


Ex Machina
The reclusive CEO of a hi-tech company (Oscar Isaac) recruits a brilliant young computer programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) to evaluate his latest invention -- a highly advanced android named Ava (Alicia Vikander), which is supplied with the most advanced Artificial Intelligence ever conceived. Meanwhile, despite their intelligence and formidable reputations, the two men fail to realize just how easily they can be manipulated by a machine that's as beautiful as it is brilliant. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Alicia Vikander
    Alicia Vikander - Ava
  • Oscar Isaac
    Oscar Isaac - Nathan Bateman
  • Domhnall Gleeson
    Domhnall Gleeson - Caleb Smith
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    Claire Selby - Lily
  • Corey Johnson
    Corey Johnson - jay



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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Ex Machina on Blu Ray

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    Steve
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    All of my many Blue Ray reviews focus solely upon the actual quality of the film from Standard Def DVD quality to the higher standard set for Blu Ray. Summaries of the plot and opinions of the story line and acting can be found in the majority of the other reviews so I do not want to be redundant. My rating is based solely upon the Blue Ray disc's video and audio quality and not the quality of the movie itself. Keep in mind, however, that the quality of what you see and hear is also dependent upon the quality of the TV monitor you are watching on as well as the home theater set up you are using. The monitor I use is a fairly new Panasonic ZT 65" plasma and the amps, speakers, cables, OPPO 103 BluRay player and AVM-60 7.1 Atmos enabled Surround Processor I use are hi end esoteric gear to provide me with a more realistic and objective perspective. The Oppo player is not enabled to transcode Atmos audio so it will default to the next best audio coded, in this case, DTS HD MA 7.1 I am not trying to be a snob here, but just pointing out that what you see and hear is very dependent upon the quality of the gear you are using. VIDEO QUALITY..... Overall the video quality is decent, nothing extraordinarily great or poor. The focus tends to be soft and contrast not as sharp as you might expect. In an opening scene with the helicopter landing in the field, grass blowing in the helicopter's wash is somewhat blurred and indistinct. Color Grading leans towards a darker but warm coloration. Skin tones appear to be quite lifelike considering the actors are all in a subterrainian environment. I did not see any artifacting or problems with the video of the film. The Mbps rate appeared to average in the low 30's. AUDIO QUALITY..... With a lossless DTS HD MA 7.1 audio codec, one might expect more foley individual directionality to be steered from one of the surrounds. That rarely happens though there are some instances of it occurring. The volume levels are just perfect however so that dialogue remains clean and transparent without fighting with the musical soundtrack. It is the music soundtrack that really lifts the audio of this film. Spread beautifully through out the surrounds, it completely envelopes you within. For me, it is rare that a soundtrack adds so much to my enjoyment of a film but this one does. EXTRAS..... I do not know why companies consider previews of other films to be extras. They are just ads that take up room on the disc causing for even greater compression of the movie you are paying for. This disc had 5 long ads for other films. Other than that, extras include a theatrical trailer, a panel of the scorer, director, actor who played the antagonist and a couple of others there to do a Q & A after a screening. It started off with an extra long trailer of the fllm..(so now you get the same trailer twice) and then a somewhat boring panel discussion. The other extra is your basic 'Making of' documentary. No big shakes in the extras dept. I must admit. I kind of regret getting this Blu Ray as the film is not one of those that I will watch more than once a decade or so. Great concept but.... I do hope this review has been of some help. Thanks for reading.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fascinating and Chilling

    Posted
    LSherman
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    What an engaging movie! A somewhat new approach to a SciFi movie about AI's. It was very captivating. In the beginning, it was a bit slow and I was wondering about where this movie was trying to take me. However, I heard from my friends that that were would be a lot of plot twists so I stuck with it. And I'm so glad I did. The main gist of the story is that Caleb, a programmer, wins a contests to spend a week with the CEO of the company his works for, Nathan. Nathan is a recluse and a genius. He built a search engine similar to Google when he was only 17 and 94% of the world uses it. Even from the first meeting between Nathan and Caleb, there is already a hint of the darker tone that the movie will take on. But the exciting part is when Nathan finally reveals why Caleb was there, to be the human aspect of the Turing Test. He will be evaluating Ava, an AI that Nathan created. Alicia Vikander played her role beautifully. Ava's appearance is interesting in its dichotomy of a human face and human like hands versus the rest of her body which is plastic, see through, and gel like. Each interaction Caleb has with Ava is watched by Nathan except during rare instances of power failure. It is during one of these moments that Ava tells Caleb that everything is not as it seems and that Nathan has other motives. As the movie progress, there are plenty of plot twists that we didn't expect while masterfully sustaining a suspenseful and ominous tone at appropriate times. Highly recommend it others to watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another voyager sci-fi flick that excels!

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    Morganical
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    Everyone complains that there's nothing new in sci-fi; everything's a reboot, same story x has same story as y, too many paradoxes! Well rest assured, Ex Machina takes a break from your sci-fi conventions and puts your faith in humanity back on the table. The plot is neat and clean; multibillion dollar mogul invites employee to homestead to test run a prototype female A.I. humanoid. If it passes, profit, and we break the A.I./human barrier. A win-win. If it fails.... OK, so one trope is still going to never die. Ex Machina is actually a thriller, masquerading as a sci-fi movie. How far will you go to prove somebody else's autonomy? How far will you go to test your own creation and pit it against humanity's massive ego? How far can humans trust machines, and likely how far will machines trust humans?... Wait, can machines trust ANYTHING?! If these sound like questions you need answers to, then Ex Machina is a film that will make you wish you never asked them. It will also leave you gloriously pleased by it's gorgeous cinematography, it's gratuitous sexuality, and it's garish shockers. Ex Machina is a film that needs to be purchased (on Blu-ray) so you can be re-shocked again and again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sci-Fi Film

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    IndyTim
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    This may be a low-budget film, but the effects are amazing and the cinematography is top-notch. The setting is in an isolated modern home build on an island oasis by a high-tech genius designing an artificial intelligence so advanced, it may pass as human in the form of a beautiful young woman. A young male employee of his company 'wins' a stay with the CEO of the company on his remote island sanctuary for what he feels is a simple weekend hanging with the boss. In reality, he becomes a key in a social experiment to validate the effectiveness of this new AI. The film is beautifully shot and very thought-provoking. Some might say it is slow, but my wife and I were totally engaged. It questions what is human and whether we should be challenging nature with AI that can think and feel emotions. Other films have treaded this territory as well, but this one has a different take on it and does it so masterfully with such incredible performances, that it cannot be missed. On Blu-ray, this film looks amazing. Do yourself a favor and see this film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good slow burning movie

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    ChosenNickname
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    This is a good move especially if you're interested or know anything about computers, servers and AI. It comes to us at a perfect time when several science leaders are warning against the development of AI. The move is a pretty basic story - the focus is on the girl and what it really means to be human, a creator and free. It touches on the question of "if I create a life, even if it isn't human, is it free?". Very enjoyable. Don't expect action or heavy drama; this is a slow burner that will leave you thinking about it after the credits roll. I'm going to mark this as recommended to a friend but the real answer is "depends on the friend" as this movie isn't for everyone. Also, I'm irritated by the use of the type of sticker BB put on the sleeve. Typically these come right off but not this one. Some rubbing alcohol should take care of it but still.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    High Expectations not completely met...

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    dto2865
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    I took a huge chance on this movie, mainly based upon the previous reviews that I had read on-line. Did it live up to the hype? Not completely. However, that's not to say that this was all that terrible. In a lot of ways, this movie reminded me a lot of the original theatrical release version of the now-classic Blade Runner. The story is similar. The pacing is similar. However, it lacked action. The story heavily relied on state-of-the-art CGI, a lot of coarse language & sensual content. The movie was filled with your typical stock characters, dialogue and conflict. There really wasn't much overall development to make this as nearly compelling as Blade Runner. The action wasn't as strong - with one exception. Alicia Vikander's performance was nuanced with many layers. Whenever she was on screen, she was absolutely compelling. It just felt like an Independent film that poured the majority of its budget into the visual effects. As if it were a great idea that wasn't properly developed or executed. It was a decent movie. It just fell a little short of my expectations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top notch sci fi about advanced an AI robot

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    Schatze
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    If you are interested in the advances that artificial intelligence is bringing ti robotics, then you will love this movie. It;s about the owner of a high tech business who runs a rigged contest and ends up picking an employee to come to his hi-tech house on many many acres in the wilderness to test his new invention: a robot that is almost human. Well, that is what he is trying to test and the employee i actually the subject until the robot tips him off when the power goes out. I may have said too much already, but the story does go n and on and I am not going to tell you how the test turns out because you will never guess and the movie is definitely worth watching. The 4K video quality is outstanding. It is in native 4K, not upscaled - which makes a big difference. Lions Gate should be commended all around for such a great movie and such a great transfer. This is definitely one for sci fi fans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Transparency is our downfall!

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    Izzyforeal365
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    Artificial Intelligence is a cliché waiting for a plot. And true to form, Ex Machina eschews the clichés' in a hovering fashion, much like a cloud of thick smoldering crowd above a basement poker table. The thought process is a character herein should not be discounted as simply expected. All of the allusions to previous books, quotes and mythology are unearthed in constant bravado, playing down to those like me who are not as familiar, but that end result comes across as admitted plagiary. What we have here is a Stanley Kubrick-esque tension that is both magnetic and terrifying. Our leads all play their part well, but Oscar Isaacs' puppeteering is not just stereotypical, but boyishly charming and honest. There is considerable frontal nudity that reminds you of the prolific use of pornography on the internet, proving that man continues to spiral down due to the lowest forms while the AI aspires to be human, but in the end, we are all a bit transparent in who we are, pun intended.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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