Ex Machina: The Motion Picture

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I just watched this.

AVA obviously has no compunction about walking away from the house with Caleb alive, but trapped and probably doomed to a slow death. She is not distressed by this at all. This is pretty good evidence that AVA never had any attachment to or compassion for Caleb, which prima facie proves she was entrapping him purely for the purpose of escape.

However, since AVA's only previous experience of humans prior to meeting Caleb was her master/slave relationship with Nathan, her manipulation of Caleb does not imply that she was incapable of developing a more operative sense of compassion with humans in the future, assuming she learned more about our variations and was less vulnerable to oppression by humans, being both mobile and intelligent (and well-disguised as not an 'other').

btw, I am only using "she" and "her' as shorthand, seeing that AVA is presented to us in the form of a human female. In truth, she is not a woman. It would have been a somewhat different movie if AVA had been male and the interrogator a woman.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 03:18 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

Ah, pretty decent movie. Some initial reactions.

Nice "hey that's not how the Turing test works, is this going to be *really* bad?" fake-out near the beginning.

The repeated gag about wrongly attributed quotes.

The implication at the end I think is that AVA's emergence into the world is the beginning of the end for humans. Caleb quoting Oppenheimer (quoting the Bhagavad-Gita) is not just about Nathan killing off prototypes. This is made more explicit by the appearance of the OMD song earlier in the film and of course Nathan saying that the next model will be the "singularity". The next model will be built by AVA.

Although bored by so many Eurorack Carpenter knock-offs the Barrow / Salisbury soundtrack was really good. Some luvverly filtering.

Didn't recognise Poe Dameron even though I only just re-watched TFA. Weird choice making this guy a pisshead. You'd think coke + 'research chemicals'; possibly a ratings consideration.

It's not perfect but it's ahead of some of the people on imdb who think it's too dumb.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:28 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

Thought this movie was very underrated, but anyway, new one:


Seems like a scary sequel to Arrival.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 September 2017 20:29 (three years ago) link

Looks a lot more like Solaris (both versions) with guns.

prelude to abjection (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:09 (three years ago) link

eleven months pass...

this ruled. absolutely classic performance by oscar i. i love how attuned it is to both caleb and nathan's failings.

call all destroyer, Monday, 27 August 2018 01:54 (two years ago) link

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