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I like my ‘high concept’ Sci-Fi. 2001 is one of my favourite films and I love most early 70s Sci-Fi. Don’t get me wrong, I love Star Wars and the generations of hi-action films that followed. But I think Sci-Fi is at it’s strongest when the concepts of our place in the Universe are explored through dramatic loosely scientific-based fiction. Ex Machina falls into this category. A low budget film from Alex Garland, the writer of the excellent 28 Days Later and Sunshine. This is his first outing as a director. The film starts briskly. The premise deftly laid out in a dialogue-less 2 minute exposition. Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer working for a big tech giant wins a company competition to spend a week at the home of the company’s owner Nathan (Oscar Isaac), a reclusive genius. Here he’s introduced to Ava (Alicia Vikander) an artificial intelligence developed in…

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