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« on: May 01, 2015, 03:33:18 AM »

Uh....wow.  That was pretty fantastic.   Saw it with the wife today as a break from job searching.  Check out the trailer:

Ex Machina Trailer

The movie focuses a lot on what it means to be human, and it's a fantastic piece of sci-fi to boot.  Hitting a 91% at last check on Rotten Tomatoes.  Anyone else see the movie? 
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2015, 04:24:25 AM »

Want to, meant to. But I need to see Avengers Age of Ultron a few more times first, even if it's obviously not as intellectual a take on artificial intelligence.  icon_smile

The only semi-consistent complaint running through some Ex Machina reviews was the ending being a bit more stereotypical (can't really say more without giving it away) than the more thoughtful early-mid part of the film. Though most films I like have more stereotypical endings.  icon_smile

And some have said it could be a neat double feature with 2013's "Her," which I still have yet to see (it hasn't made it into the streaming services I use).
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2015, 05:05:31 AM »

Watching this before Ultron
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2015, 06:47:34 AM »

They're both in my netflix queue and the DVDs will probably come out around the same time. I expect to see Ex Machina first, since I only watch superhero movies when the wife is away. She slept through most of the Marvel movies so I've stopped subjecting her to them, but she'd like Ex Machina.

I'll eventually watch the Avengers movie because I like Agents of Shield. Marketing being what it is, I suspect that the Avengers DVD will come out just before AoS returns.
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2015, 07:09:05 PM »

I maaaaay try to catch this today.  Bring your own!

Or I may run home to get some Killing Floor 2 in tonight.

I'm sure one of those experiences would be more enlightening than the other, right?  smirk
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2015, 03:46:50 PM »

So I saw it. While it's thought provoking sci-fi, I think it requires some patience from moviegoers that's in short supply these days. I think maybe 4 or 5 of us were at the 7:10 p.m. show. While I didn't fall asleep, if you don't have patience for watching two people talk for long periods, you might take a pass.

Also a chance to see Oscar Isaacs before Star Wars presumably turns him into a box office X-Wing pilot star.  icon_smile

My take on the movie's conclusion is something like:
Spoiler for Hiden:
I've nested the spoiler in case you accidentally clicked on it.  icon_smile
Spoiler for Hiden:
You can't attempt to create androids with human-like minds, without also instilling -- whether your programming meant to or not -- the human "need for freedom."

So if you just want to create an android to be your in-home servant, probably you should shoot a little lower on the Artificial Intelligence spectrum? That would be my thought.

I guess the ending is also saying she never really had any feelings for Gleeson's character -- he was essentially just a pawn to enable her to escape. Am I right?
So certainly I give it a thumbs-up. Just don't go in expecting an arthouse Terminator or something.

Since most of the film is almost claustrophobic (it would probably make a fine stage play), it should work well on TV later on.
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2015, 10:54:13 PM »

I thought the acting was fantastic And see this as a character study.  I was never bored or checking my watch.  I though they did a fantastic job creating a tension that was hard to explain.  As for the meaning
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I thought the point was deception is what makes us human.  All the other models could talk, walk, have sex...this was the first one that could use deception to get what she wanted...freedom.  thought it was brutal that she left him behind too...and to think if he hadn't been watching her dress he could easily have gotten out...think that says something too.
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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2015, 01:04:34 AM »

Quote from: stessier on May 08, 2015, 10:54:13 PM

I thought the acting was fantastic And see this as a character study.  I was never bored or checking my watch.  I though they did a fantastic job creating a tension that was hard to explain.  As for the meaning
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I thought the point was deception is what makes us human.  All the other models could talk, walk, have sex...this was the first one that could use deception to get what she wanted...freedom.  thought it was brutal that she left him behind too...and to think if he hadn't been watching her dress he could easily have gotten out...think that says something too.

Right!  And had he

Spoiler for Hiden:
not given her the impression that he would stay in that house with her, instead of leaving and exploring the world with her, she might not have left him behind!

I agree it was a little slow, but I loved how thought provoking it was.  smile
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2015, 01:46:26 AM »

Great movie, was not bored once and the time flew by for me.  Love these kind of movies that stays with me and keeps me thinking about it for a few days after watching.
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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2015, 03:45:59 AM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 09, 2015, 01:04:34 AM

Right!  And had he
Spoiler for Hiden:
not given her the impression that he would stay in that house with her, instead of leaving and exploring the world with her, she might not have left him behind!

Spoiler for Hiden:
I never got the impression that he wanted to just stay in the house with her. After all, he said he would enjoy going on a date to an intersection. I think she just knew that her best chance at true freedom was to make sure only she left the house.
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