Ex Machina
1. Ex Machina
Ex Machina feels like a product of the golden age of science-fiction. With shades of Philip K. Dick and Isaac Asimov, it’s the story of a house in the middle of nowhere, two men, an android built to appear female, and a Turing Test. As simple as this set up is, however, it opens the door to not only fantastic intellectual thought, but also legitimate tension and disturbing ideas of what the future could hold.

Alex Garland has proven himself a fantastic sci-fi mind as a screenwriter with his Danny Boyle collaborations such as Sunshine and 28 Days Later…, but Ex Machina demonstrates that he is equally talented as a director – as the film and its design is as beautiful as the plot is compelling. The triumvirate of Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander are deliver brilliant performances that you get lost in – which only helps the shocking conclusion hit that much harder. It’s really magical filmmaking, and this most definitely won’t be the only "Best Of" list you see it at the top of as 2015 draws to a close.

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