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Ex Machina: Screenplay

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Caleb, a 24 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company.

But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true art

Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published January 22nd 2015 by Faber & Faber
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Jonathan If you've ever read a play, it's more like reading that in terms of the formatting. However, for the story flow is simple and easy to get into. The…moreIf you've ever read a play, it's more like reading that in terms of the formatting. However, for the story flow is simple and easy to get into. The only thing that might cause some hiccups is the fact that screenplays are often evolving documents while shooting, some things might be worded differently in the screenplay than the movie and there might be extra stuff that didn't make it into the movie.(less)

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Joseph Delaney

This is a screenplay rather than a novel and I thought it might be interesting to read it in that form.
I was right. It proved to be excellent and after a while I got used to the layout and the different ways in which the narrative is communicated. When I read a fiction, after a while I see pictures in my head and become unaware of the words. So it was in this case.
The heroine is a sentient AI (artificial intelligence/android/robot) called Ava who is played in the actual film by Alicia Vikande
Sabrina Grafenberger
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I had to read the script after watching the film, because Ex Machina is a brilliant, smart, gripping and thought provoking movie with great actors.

The screenplay didn't disappoint. Although it's almost identical to the film, it clarifies some things and gives a bit more insight into some scenes.

I'd recommend watching the movie rather than reading the script (it is one of my favorite films of all time). But if you want additional information for a better understanding or if you just love screenp
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: screenplays
Just as good as the movie.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Something magic just happened. A couple of magical things, in fact, and one quite honestly life-altering. Before we go there, please humour me: my name is Alastair and I love to study sceenplays recreationally.

It’s a dorky indulgence. It’s part of who I am. And every time I secretly yearn for some huge epiphany that will instantly make me a better writer: a sudden flash in which I can see and understand a film exactly as the author did; to feel myself in their place, staring down at their imagin
Ashlinn Craven
I'm an Alex Garland nut, he's been in my top 5 authors list since The Beach. And with AI being one of my specialty topics, my expectations were skyrocketing as I downloaded this screenplay and let's just say there was some risk of anticlimax. But I'm happy to say, with Ex Machina, Garland has excelled once again. With surprisingly few words he paints a compelling and unsettling picture of how early AI might infiltrate our world and our system of ethics. Handling of the academic points is light, ...more
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Exactly what I would expect from the author of 28 days later. It was quick paced, action packed, believable and very dark. Since the zombie apocalypse phase has passed the Artificial Intelligence uprising seems to be the current zeitgeist. With folks like Stephen Hawking supporting the fear and our military trend towards unmanned artillery it would appear to be the logical progression. No matter what form the apocalypse comes in I feel I will be well prepared. At least after a few dozen more AI ...more
David Franciscus
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Very well written. Engaging story. Flowed well. Translated well to screen.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is actually the first time I have every read a screen play, but I love this movie and wondered what it was originally written like. While the movie is amazing the screen play gives us a little more explanation and understanding of the character Ava. And even Kyoko, though it is not much. In short the screen play answered some of the questions the movie left me with. I, for instance was never sure of Ava and Kyoko's communication with both everyone else and with each other. But the screen pl ...more
William Johnson
The film is a masterclass of science-fiction/social commentary so reading the screenplay, while already being privy to the twists, made me appreciate the skill of Alex Garland. He wrote compelling dialogue and knew how to see his vision through as the director. While a brilliant, Academy Award nominated screenplay, reading a script without the visuals can sometimes be less exciting (it IS a visual medium) but Garland creates something vivid and thought provoking.
Nick Coleman
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this movie, as well as everything else Alex Garland's touched. This is the first screenplay of his I've read and I love the sparse, evocative style. As a writer/director myself, I find it most helpful to read screenplays of other writer/directors, because it feels like more of a one-to-one experience than reading a screenplay that was reordered, restructured, and so on, by a director making his mark on someone else's script (usually for the better).
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
An extremely well written screenplay, it was enjoyable to have one of my favourite movies unfold in a written form.
James Stuart
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly smart, complex and incredibly tense three hander.
Alexander Kowalak
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Die ganze Geschichte ist ein einziger Turing Test. Und stellt die Frage, wer testet eigentlich wen. Und vor allem, wann beginnt es. Die Illusion, es hätte bereits begonnen, gelingt der Erzählung allerdings meiner Meinung nach nicht. Eine Bearbeitung als Theaterstück hätte Potenzial.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
startling story

The story was not at all what I thought. incredible story. Can't wait for the film when it comes to local theaters.
Seth Whitfield
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow.. Just WOW!
James Levesque
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I loved this screenplay! Looking forward to seeing the movie!
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very good one. Character driven script. Thoroughly enjoyed
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Alex Garland (born 1970) is a British novelist and screenwriter.

Garland is the son of political cartoonist Nick (Nicholas) Garland. He attended the independent University College School, in Hampstead, London, and the University of Manchester, where he studied art history.

His first novel, The Beach, was published in 1996 and drew on his experiences as a backpacker. The novel quickly became a cult c
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