The paper "Analysis: Ex Machina by Alex Garland, Room by Lenny Abrahamson and Hanna by Joe Wright" is a delightful example of a movie review on visual arts and film studies. Directed by Alex Garland, Ex Machina meets all the requirements needed for one to describe it as a great film. Various film aspects such as the mood, character development, lighting, sound, and tone are all done exceptionally, which makes the film a memorable one. Ex Machina’ s plot is almost similar to the plots of other films such as Ghost in the Shell and Metropolis, but the Garland makes a number of distinctions that set the film apart from the others.
What intrigued me most about Ex Machina is the use of philosophy and academics which add so much value to the film. Several thought experiments are used in the movie and as a philosophy scholar; this only increased my fascination with the film. In fact, the whole plot of the film is based on ‘ Mary’ s Room’ , a thought experiment by Frank Jackson. Ava, the main female character in the film, is kept in Nathan’ s house to determine if there is a way she can familiarise herself with all aspects of life on earth.
As Ava continues to discover life around her, the viewers gradually come to the realization that as much as Ava learns, there is a missing piece as she is not really human. Another character in the movie is Caleb. Caleb appears in the film after he is brought to Nathan’ s house in disguise a lottery winner while working for Nathan in his Bluebook Company. Nathan wants Caleb to perform a Turing Test on Ava to see whether human beings can be convinced that robots are conscious.
As the plot develops, it becomes clear to the viewers the many reasons why Ava is different from normal human beings. Caleb eventually visits the site where Ava was created, and Nathan eventually explains to Ava the functioning of her brain. Caleb takes pity on Ava and is determined to set her free. Nathan realizes this and discloses the information to Ava. At this point, Ava’ s human conscious is tested when Nathan points out that she is using Caleb to gain her freedom.
At the end of the movie, Ava escapes leaving Caleb in Nathan’ s home, and it is at this point where the viewers realize that Ava lacks human consciousness. Nathan, on the other hand, is a genius who betrays his humanity severally in the film. He has an ego and is a corrupted person who only represents the dark side of humanity. It is worth noting that just like several intelligent men; Nathan digs his own grave through his self-destructive nature.
Nathan is likened to Ludwig Wittgenstein, a German philosopher who was a brooding genius. The director of Ex Machina does an impressive job, and after watching the movie, viewers are provoked to ask whether robots have any consciousness. In a way, Garland wants to prove that robots cannot be conscious and this virtue has only been found in human beings. This is depicted by Ava’ s betrayal of Caleb even though she was fully aware that Caleb was willing to set her free.