Ex Machina - Alex Garland (UK - 2015)
This is a gem. Both visually and intellectually very stimulating.
The story is simple: Caleb (Domnall Gleeso) is pointed out to test artificial intelligence in the robot Ava (Alicia Vikander) make by Nathan (Oscar Isacc), but after a short while true emotions develop between Caleb and Ava. But as she becomes more human and lovable, she is actually more difficult to trust.
The movie is thrilling and astonishing in it's beauty, partly shoot at Juvet Scenery Hotell (close to where I grew up). Superb use of colours, blue, green and red. The movie explores the question on what is real, free will, destiny - on a more basic level what is it to be human?
It rises also ethical questions as how good is it to sacrifice some people for the sake of saving others.
There is a lot of allusions to other directors like Kubric, Fassbinder, Bergman, Tarkovskij and Kieslowskij.
The movie is not heavy or overly intellectual, it is a very clever first movie from Garland. We will see more of him in the future.