Ex Machina has a very special character that may not have been featured before. Ava is an artificial intelligence, or robot. Alex Garland, director of ‘Ex Machina’, wanted to create a new and different addition to the “robot family”. He didn’t want his robot to be compared to other robots in the past, like CP30 from Star Wars. He said, in an interview with Mekado Murphy from the h, that “If she looked like she might be a human in a robot suit, then it would introduce into the film the idea that she may or may not be a machine.”
The movie questions the idea how human-like a robot can be but it also questions how robotic people can be to. In the movie, internet mogul, Nathan, played by Oscar Isaac, asks Calab, played by Domhnall Gleeson, to perform the Turing Test on Ava, played by Alicia Vikander. The Turing Test asks people to judge whether or not something is human or machine. Since Ava is obviously machine, it’s hard to see how anyone could say Ava is human, yet Caleb seems to develop some sort of feelings for Ava, knowing that she’s a machine. As a robot though, does Ava have feelings for Caleb? Can she even have feelings?
I admit the idea of artificial intelligence that is presented in Ex Machina kind of scares me. But it also intrigues me. I can’t help but wonder if in the future this is could be possible. It would be a very interesting ethical dilemma to face.
If you want to read up on the movie here are some links
Ex Machina was released January 21 in the US but will be released in the US April 10!
I hope you guys check it out!