6. Ex Machina
The question “What does it mean to be human?” has been well explored in science-fiction, but it is a question well worth repeatedly asking, as there is not definitive answer. Alex Garland‘s startling directorial debut cracks the potential of artificial intelligence as a means to explore this quandary in a way we haven’t seen since Blade Runner, even though we have seen a large swath of A.I. movies in recent years. He achieves this by getting three actors at the top of their games (Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac) and just lets them talk about these issues. Ex Machina is a slow-building, tension-fueled film with jibber-jabber. There is not a need for sci-fi spectacle when your story and characters are sound. Not to mention, it features arguably the best scene of the year.
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