Alex Garland knows what you know. He’s seen Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey. He reads Wired and The New York Times. He’s clocked in hours on Xbox and Playstation. He’s dabbled on Facebook and Twitter and other forms of social media.
So when he needs to manipulate the audience, the way he does in the shivery sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, he can play you with the same skill and ease a 17-year-old plays Grand Theft Auto or Halo.