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Ex Machina – Movie Review

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Movie: Ex Machina

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: U.K (Great Britain)

Language: English

Genre: Sci-fi, Drama, Mystery

Ex Machina Movie Review:

I watched this film recently after reading a lot of positive things about it. And after that decided to write a review of it myself. Ex Machina is different kind of Sci-fi movie that has a lot of emotional touch in it. Normally in a Sci-fi movie we don’t expect much of emotions, but Ex Machina unlike the other science based movies has a large part of emotional touch in it. Talking of the characters and the screenplay as well as music, one has to give full marks to the director Alex Garland. He has really done a wonderful job in his debut project. Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury have composed one of the best tracks I have noticed in many years for this movie. The music gives you a very natural thrilling feeling about this film. The special effects too are just awesome especially the way Alicia’s character AVA has been portrayed is just a delight to watch. Coming to the plot of Ex Machina, Caleb is an intelligent programmer in a big software company. He wins a one week visit to his CEO’s (Nathan) home in a secluded area. Soon after reaching Nathan’s place Caleb comes to learn that he has been “deliberately” chosen from so many people in the company. He is there to check the AI (Artificial Intelligence) of AVA (a humanoid  robot) created by Nathan himself. During his many sessions with AVA (Alicia Vikander) Caleb feels a sense of strong attraction towards her as if she is a real woman and she too shows him her affection towards him. Sensing Nathan’s ill intention of “destroying” AVA soon, Caleb decides to take her away from that place. But, he can’t do this alone he needs help for this and he asks AVA to collaborate with him for which she agrees.

The major twist comes in the film when Nathan reveals to Caleb that he already know of his plans. And he was keeping a close eye on Caleb and AVA’s conversation even when it happened in “electricity” failures which were orchestrated by AVA herself.. Upon hearing this from Nathan, Caleb reveals to him that he too figured it out that they are being watched in power cuts so he has already done what it takes to give AVA a chance to go out of this place. In the end, the biggest and most “shocking” twist of the film comes where AVA after killing Nathan leaves Caleb locked in a room and goes out to “explore the human world”. Ex Machina ends here… All we can figure out is that AVA was much “smarter” than anyone would have thought her to be.

Ex Machina Characters To Watch Out:

Alicia Vikander as AVA: Alicia’s acting potentials are known all over the world now especially when she has received awards recently. In Ex Machina too Alicia is given her best her body language and acting are absolutely critical to the movie. Without her the movie s nothing. She is the USP of this film.

Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb Smith: He has really given an intense and great to watch performance as Caleb.His sessions with AVA are wonderful to watch, Domhnall has very well portrayed the character of Caleb.

Ex Machina Rating & Verdict:

I rated Ex machina 7/10, because of the high quality acting and some awesome background score. The story is good enough to keep you engaged throughout the film. If you love Sci-fi movies and have interest in watching movies based on robots then Ex Machina is a must for you. And for those who are not into that Sci-fi thing I will recommend to stay away from this movie as it is very slow and quite “not easy” to understand. Even I saw few scenes many times to understand them completely. But, as a cinema lover my general view is this that everyone should watch Ex Machina at least once. I am sure you will not feel regret after watching this film.

See the Ex Machina trailer to decide for yourself Whether to watch this movie or drop it…

 

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The Star of The Week – ALICIA VIKANDER

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About Alicia Vikander:

Alicia Amanda Vikander born 3rd October – 1988 in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. During her teens Alicia wanted to be a “Dancer” but, due to some injuries in her late teens she quite on her dream to become a dancer. Before making her debut in Hollywood Vikander played many roles in regional soap operas and short films. Her best known swedish character was in the Swedish TV drama “Andra Avenyn” (2007-10). She announced her arrival in Hollywood with  her role of “Kitty” in Joe Wright’s Romantic Drama “Anna Karenina“. After this she starred in the Julian Assange’s Biopic movie “The Fifth State” alongside British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. She got some strong praise for her role in the 2014 movie Son of a Gun. As of 2015 she will star in as many as 8 movies. Her role of “Gaby” in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” has been appreciated all around. One major role she has done is in the movie Ex-Machina, in that movie Alicia has performed the character of an Artificial Intelligence named “AVA”.  She has already got few awards for her role in 2010 movie”Pure“, for Ex Machina and for Danish Girl. One of the most anticipated movies of her this year is “Burnt” co-starring Bradley Cooper.

My View of Alicia Vikander:

I have watched her first in Seventh Son after that in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Ex Machina and I really loved her acting skills as well as her beauty and in my view she has the potential to become a big star in the near future. 2015 is surely going to be a big year for her professionally. You can simply say that Miss Vikander is a fine actor with a lot to deliver to us. Seeing her acting in Pure, Hotell, Ex Machina, Danish Girl and Anna Karenina one can easily fell in love with her. She is an innocent looking intense performing actress who always seems to be in command of her role.

Movies to Watch of Alicia Vikander:

1- Pure (2010)

2- The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015)

3- Hotell (2013)

4- Burnt (2015)

5 – Ex Machina (2015)

6 – Danish Girl (2015)

My Overall Rating of Alicia:

7 out of 10 mainly because of her intense acting skills and charming innocent looks. I loved her character Gaby in The Man from U.N.C.L.E and  AVA in Ex Machina without doubt she has given her best till now in that movie. I am eagerly looking forward to see her in Burnt and The Danish Girl.

 

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The Man from UNCLE – Movie Review

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Movie: The Man from UNCLE

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English, Russian (Few Dialogues only)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, History

The Man From UNCLE Movie Review:

After more than a month it is screened in my city. I finally watched “The Man from UNCLE” last Monday. I went to see this movie after comparing it with other movies that are being screened nowadays in my city like “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Hitman: Agent 47, The Transported Refueled, and Fantastic Four. And I can merrily say now that I took the right decision.

I am a big movie buff and rarely miss a good Hollywood flick. For me, in a movie three elements are vital – Music, Acting, and Story-line.

The Movie’s Story-line/Plot:

I can safely say this movie scores in all aforementioned departments. The start of the movie itself is very nice and for me it sets the tone of what we are going to experience in next 2 hours. The car chasing scene at the start of the movie is a delight to watch.

There are a few other action scenes too that are good to watch.

Coming to the cast, I can say it’s Perfecto! I can’t imagine anybody else in place of “Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander”. These three are the heart of this movie. The supporting cast too is well picked and they all have given their best.

If, I have to judge this movie solely on its story-line, then it would be a little tough for me to applaud this movie as it has an ordinary plot or rather a very common plot. But, when we put the acting, music, cinematography, and story-line together this movie without any doubt becomes a treat to watch.

Dresses & Cars in The Man from UNCLE:

Seeing the dresses and cars used in the movie, it gives you a very ‘authentic’ feeling of the 1960s. The music of the movie is really one of the best I have noticed in recent times. I found the full soundtrack of movie on You Tube and enjoyed it.

One thing that disappointed me about this movie is it’s end. After watching the movie, I felt as if the “inflated balloon just busted” without any sound. The movie started well and paced well in the middle, but somehow towards the end, it lost its charm. What I am trying to say is that “the end” could have  been more appealing and exciting rather dull the way it is.

My Favorite Characters of The Man From UNCLE:

Armie Hammer (Ilya Kuryakin): Well, to be true I never heard of this guy before this movie. But after seeing his performance in this movie, I have become a huge fan of him. More because of his look and “Russian English Accent” than his performance. He is portrayed as a tough Russian KGB agent who only knows one way of doing things and that is “through the use of sheer muscle power”. His romance with Miss Vikander (Gabi) and his never-ending tussle with Henry Cavill (Napoleon Solo) is a treat to watch. For me, Armie took it away from our Superman.

Alicia Vikander (Gaby Teller): I saw her for the first time in “Seventh Son” and felt that she is a talented actress, who has a lot to offer to us. After seeing her performance in this movie, I am quite satisfied with her progress.  Alicia looks very genuine in her approach towards the role of Gaby. Her character is very well-written and she has done full justice to it.

The Man from UNCLE
              A Star Studded Affair…

My Rating & Verdict of The Man from UNCLE:

I give 9 out of 10 to this film as it is very refreshing and makes you happy. Overall, it is a good to watch movie with its 1960s Cold War era theme and some awesome acting by the actors. On the top of everything, the “Music/Background Score” of the film is very pleasing to ears and takes you to the late 1960s. 

If you are looking to see some spy theme-based comic movie then go for The Man from UNCLE. It is a very well-balanced package with occasional pieces of laughter and some thrilling action. Above all, whosoever loves the US-Russian rivalry of the Cold War Era, will surely love this movie. 

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad