Parents' Guide to

Ex Machina

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Brilliant, emotional, mature sci-fi tale could be a classic.

Movie R 2015 108 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 17+

Contemplative and fascinating when discussing interpersonal relationships and AI

A sci-fi film that centers on actors...and they deliver. I am definitely partial to Garland's work (huge fan of Annihilation) and this film features Gleeson and Isaac shooting some major shit. Vikander holds her own quite well, and although I understand the nudity in the film, it definitely has a male gaze-y vibe to it that I just wish it didn't. Those heels! C'mon!!! If it is going to make a stance on patriarchy that would be great but it feels like it falls way too short for that. When the film addresses AI and the interpersonal relationships the film is contemplative and fascinating.
age 15+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Author (The Beach) and screenwriter (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, Dredd) Alex Garland makes his directorial debut with this film; not surprisingly, it's an atmospheric sci-fi movie. Much more surprising is the fact that it surpasses everything else in his filmography. Every aspect is expertly constructed. It's bursting with ideas, theories, and moral questions about the concept of artificial intelligence, and it leaves these theories open to interpretation by a smart audience.

Ex Machina's overall design is brilliant, using the spacious frame to juxtapose nature and science, chaos and order. The creepy, futuristic music score by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury rings true emotionally. The visual effects around the Ava character are seamless, and the human characters are believable and fascinating, with strong performances by everyone involved. Ex Machina achieves that rare combination of eliciting both strong thoughts and feelings, and it deserves to be known as a sci-fi classic.

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