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In the directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Garland (
28 Days Later...
), computer programmer Domhnall Gleeson goes through the looking-glass when he wins a competition to spend a week residing with the reclusive creator of the world's top search engine (Oscar Isaac). Gleeson's purpose once there is to perform a variation of the Turing test on an advanced AI (a strikingly sensitive Alicia Vikander) to determine whether it has consciousness. The low-key set-up sees the key players confined to an ultra-modern, highly secure house and grounds, all beautifully rendered in a dreamy haze, and Garland keeps things compellingly cerebral, questioning in a satisfying way what it is to be human. The plot is powered by philosophical debate and tense interactions as Isaac's alcoholic inventor swings between mentorship, malevolence and chilling misogyny, while his protégé begins to fall for his creation. Audiences may find themselves one step ahead of a story that unfurls in a fairly predictable fashion but, nevertheless, Garland has produced something seductively strange, consistently thought-provoking and admirably adult.
A computer programmer working for the world's biggest search engine is given the opportunity to spend a week at the remote home of his boss, a hi-tech genius. The break turns out to be an elaborate experiment, in which he must test the world's first truly artificial intelligence, which is housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. Sci-fi drama, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac.
Cast & Crew
Violence, swearing, sexual references.
DVD and Blu-ray
23 Jan 2015
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