Ex Machina (2015)

Now I know that I am a little late to the game with this one but I enjoyed the movie so much when I finally got to see it(thanks Amazon Prime) that I decided that I need to write a review and discuss it with all of you especially before the Oscars this weekend!

Ex Machina is written/directed by Alex Garland from 28 Days Later and Dredd and stars Alicia Vikanader, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac. The film is about a programmer who works for Blue Book named Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), the wolds largest internet search company much like Google, is selected to visit the remote home of the companies founder and CEO Nathan (Oscar Isaac) to test the humanity of what is considered to be the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI), the beautiful Ava (Alicia Vikander).

This movie is beautiful and visually stunning especially given that the film only had a budget of 15 million dollars. The effects used in order to give Alicia Vikander the robot body are amazing when on display. The scenery shots are beautiful and stunning while the scenes that take place inside the residence have a simplistic elegance about them. The movie that Garland was able to put together with such a small budget still kinda blows my mind given that movies with significantly larger budgets often can’t pull of the same quality of movie.

While the movie thrilling and suspenseful at time it does have a slight predictability to it, especially given the events that lead to the conclusion of the movie. There are several conversations between the main characters give a lot of foreshadowing toward the end of the movie. Though this happens the movie does have some twists and turns that have you questioning who else in the house is a robot and who is a human. There were several times I found myself changing my initial guess to something else and then changing it back and then again changing it. To this aspect the movie succeeds very well. Ex Machina will have you questioning what it means to be human and what it means to be machine, especially given the fact that AI is likely not that far off given that Google is currently in development of one themselves.

Overall I give Ex Machina a 7.5/10

I hope you all enjoyed this review and I will try to get more up as I figure out a possible schedule for these things. If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below! Also, I will likely be doing trailer reviews especially for anticipated movies such BvS, Civil War, Warcraft, X-men and so on.

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Deadpool(2016)

Deadpool is directed by Tim Miller and stars Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin. Now I will get this out there up front despite what the rest of the review will say I thoroughly ENJOYED this movie, there I said it now on to the review.

Up until a year ago, outside of comic book fans Deadpool was a relatively unknown character and after the horrible rendition of him in Wolverine Origins, also portrayed by Ryan Reynolds, why would we want to see him again let alone in his own movie. These were my thoughts exactly until the trailer and the absolutely brilliant marketing campaign put out by their team and I began to change my tune if only just a little. Now having gone to see the movie on a Monday morning at the first showing (have to get that middle seat and an empty as possible for opening week theater) I can say that all fears I may have had about this movie have been laid to rest. From the opening credits to the after credit scene you will be thoroughly entertained by this movie. Just like all movies Deadpool does have its problems though they do not take away from the overall enjoyment of the film.

There were times in the movie where I felt the pacing in the movie seem to stall a little and some scenes seem to be drawn out or unnecessary. I have this problem with a lot of the flashback scenes, even though I can admit that this may be due to possible super hero origin fatigue. This change in pacing is made especially apparent when you go from a scene where the pacing is going at a blistering pace and jokes are coming one after the other then BAM! flashback and you are taken out of the scene for a small piece of the origin story. While these did not ruin the overall enjoyment of the film I did find myself wanted them to end and get back to the current timeline.

Overall Deadpool is one of the most entertaining times I have had at the theater in a long time, except for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If Deadpool is a prediction for the comic book movies that are to come in 2016 then we are in for quite a year!

I give Deadpool(2016) an 8/10