'Ex Machina' Review: Gorgeous Futurism, But Flawed Gender Depictions

April 13, 2015 12:03 PM

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'Ex Machina' Review: Gorgeous Futurism, But Flawed Gender Depictions

“Ex Machina,” the sci-fi directorial debut of writer Alex Garland, is lonely, gorgeous and mind-twisting. It’s one of the most thought-provoking movies I’ve seen this year, brilliantly skewering our current technological conundrums. And it’s set in what has become my new favorite setting for science fiction: the near-future.

However, like a lot of other sci-fi movies, it has some serious problems with how it presents our gendered future. Namely: all of the humans we meet in "Ex Machina" are men, and all of the robots appear as women. In a movie like this, it’s easy to be aggravated at the further feminization of technol...

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