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First Look: Sci-Fi 'Ex Machina' From Writer/Director Alex Garland, Starring Oscar Isaac & Domhnall Gleeson

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 14, 2014 at 11:57AM

"Oh man, I'm so excited to see that movie," Oscar Isaac told us last fall about his role in the upcoming "Ex Machina." And we're pretty excited too. It's the directorial debut of "28 Days Later," "The Beach" and "Sunshine" writer Alex Garland, with Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander co-starring. Here's more from Isaac on what to expect from the film, with the first look emerging today.
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Ex Machina
A24 "Ex Machina"

"Oh man, I'm so excited to see that movie," Oscar Isaac told us last fall about his role in the upcoming "Ex Machina." And we're pretty excited too. It's the directorial debut of "28 Days Later," "The Beach" and "Sunshine" writer Alex Garland, with Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander co-starring. Here's more from Isaac on what to expect from the film, with the first look emerging today.

"It's [set] in the not-too-distant future—it actually could very well be the present, it's a little bit undefined—and it all takes place in a house, or at least in a facility. I play a billionaire programmer who's developing algorithms for the most popular search engine in the world and no one's seen him or heard from him in quite a long time and one of his employees wins a raffle to come to his place in Alaska and test his newest invention, which happens to be a robot in the female form that may or may not have consciousness," the actor said. "So it's very allegorical to the human experience and how you will never know if the way you see the world or the way that I do. We can try to describe it to each other but we will never truly know and it's pretty amazing."

If that's not enough, here's the official synopsis: 

Ex Machina is an intense psychological thriller, played out in a love triangle between two men and a beautiful robot girl.  It explores big ideas about the nature of consciousness, emotion, sexuality, truth and lies.

So yes, this sounds pretty great. No release date yet, but Cannes is around the corner—perhaps it'll sneak into a sidebar or maybe the Director's Fortnight or Cannes Critics Week line-up? We shall see.

This article is related to: Ex Machina, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson


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