If there’s two things that are guaranteed to plant my arse in a seat harder than an cosmonaut escaping the atmosphere, it’s a sci-fi flick about robots and a screenplay by Alex Garland. And wouldn’t you know it, a film fitting that exact criteria is on the horizon!
Ex Machina is the directorial debut of screenwriting wizard Alex Garland and looks to have all the mindfuckery and amazing sci-fi appeal we’ve come to expect from him.
The plot on the surface seems relatively simple:
A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
But knowing Garland, we’re going to be thrown through twists like we’re riding Space Mountain and by the end we’ll be a mess of confusing emotions. So all in all, the perfect date movie.
Garland’s penmanship crosses all media, including film (28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd), novels and even videogames (Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and DmC).
Backing up his script and direction is a score composed by Geoff Barrow (Portishead) and Ben Salisbury, who previously produced tracks for Dredd. Although they unfortunately went unused, the score was amazing and was released as Drokk: Music Inspired By Mega City One- seriously, go listen to this!
From the trailer, Ex Machina looks slick, sounds great and feels like Blade Runner got a hell of a lot darker.
Ex Machina is slated for a April 10 release in the US.