Sunday, September 6, 2015

Review – Ex Machina

I can’t help but think that movies like this would benefit greatly from any kind of hint of a sense of humor. I suppose a drama about the ethics of artificial intelligence might by nature be a bit grim. But something light-hearted here and there might break up the monotony a bit. And if all the characters are completely humorless, it tends to create the impression that everyone in the movie – not just the female cyborg undergoing an elaborate Turing test – is a robot. As the audience is expecting some kind of squirrelly twist like that anyway, there’s no point in fueling the expectation. Studio backing gives this indie picture a slick look and feel, but the underlying story is still amateurish and dull. Mildly amusing