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EX_MACHINA

ALEX GARLAND

Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is working for the world’s largest internet company, headed by the enigmatic and reclusive Nathan (Oscar Isaac, A Most Violent Year), when he wins an organisation-wide competition to spend a week with the CEO at his home. On his arrival, he is tantalised by Nathan’s offer of inclusion in something truly world-changing; Caleb is to be the human component in a variant of the Turing test, where he will judge the performance of a supposedly sentient artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful woman (Alicia Vikander, also seen in Testament of Youth), in passing for human in its interactions with him.

The stage is set for an unsettling chamber piece in which novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland, directing for the first time, investigates ideas of consciousness and humanity while roles within the group shift in frequently surprising ways. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.

 ★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★ Irish Independent ★★★★★ Spooool.ie

108 minutes, U.S.A.-U.K., 2015, Colour, D-Cinema

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