Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015)
Ex Machina is one of the best films of the year thus far: smart, thought-provoking, brilliantly acted and well-crafted. But thinking about it for too long may cause your brain to implode. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Ex Machina
Transcendence (Wally Pfister, 2014)
Set in the near future (it isn’t specified when exactly), Transcendence addresses the issue of the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI), but doesn’t quite probe deep enough. The film is directed by Wally Pfister, cinematographer on many of Christopher Nolan’s terrific films (The Prestige, Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy). This is his first foray into directing, and unsurprisingly he doesn’t quite hit the heights of Nolan’s brilliance. However, where the film is really let down is in Jack Paglen’s screenplay. There are so many deeper issues to be explored but Transcendence only touches the surface.
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Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)
Be afraid. Be very afraid. No this isn’t a horror movie, but when you think about it, the prospect of artificial intelligence becoming crazily advanced is a bit worrying. Operating systems could kill us all! That’s not actually what this movie is about but it is an implication. No, what Her is really about is recent divorcé Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) and how he falls for his artificially intelligent operating system, Samantha (Scarlett Johansson). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Her