Robots are so hot right now! It's because we carry little computers in our pockets all the time, and our relationship with technology has shifted from it being a tool to it being a crutch. I get anxious when my phone is dying, even when I'm not far from home, and that kind of anxiety plays out in movies like Ex Machina, which questions the line between us and our tech.
The film is the debut feature from Alex Garland, once a great novelist and now a full time Hollywood guy, it seems. He wrote 28 Days Later and Sunshine, and he's back in scifi with this film. He's got a killer cast here - new Star Wars buddies Domnhall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac, and totally up and coming actress Alicia Vikander, and they're all trapped together in a single location - perfect for a lower budget scifi exploration of themes and ideas.
At least that's what I hope! I still haven't seen the film (hi, A24. Let's talk) but on paper this looks like the kind of good scifi we need to support in theaters.
Nerd note: whenever I see the name of this movie I'm mad it's not an adaptation of the awesome comic book about a superhero-turned-NYC mayor.