One film that generated a lot of buzz at South by Southwest Film Festival in the past few days is the British sci-fi drama Ex Machina, in which Domhnall Gleeson plays a computer programmer who is trying to determine the extent to which a striking robot, portrayed by Alicia Vikander, possesses human intelligence.
The relationship between the programmer and robot is intense. Gleeson says it is “constantly evolving,” and it creates much of the drama in what is widely viewed as a smart and very effective, sci-fi picture from British screenwriter Alex Garland, who’s making his directorial debut. Although many who see the film find the philosophical questions it raises compelling, Gleeson hopes that audiences will get swept up more by the psychological thriller aspects of the story.
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