'Star Wars' costars Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac faceoff in 'Ex Machina' trailer

October 30, 2014 1:57 PM

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I really one to see Alex Garland’s “Halo” movie. If anyone could abolish the video games-don’t-make-good-movie myths, Garland was a likely candidate. His science fiction writing is heady without drowning in self-importance. “28 Days Later” is a great film. “Never Let Me Go” flirts with all the right ideas and tones, even if it’s too dour for its own good. “Dredd” trounced low expectations with its tangibility and streamlined focus. Garland wrote a draft of “Halo” nearly a decade ago. It still sounds like the perfect match of writer and blockbustery source material. There’s little chance we’ll see his take, but it’s relevant because the first look at Garland’s directorial debut, “Ex Machina,” will only make you wish someone with this control over the genre could step into a mega-budgeted action movie. This trailer proves that Oscar Isaac yammering about Turing tests can be just as thrilling as any exploding-car setpiece.

”Ex Machina” stars Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb Smith, a programmer at an Google-like search service who wins a golden ticket to private mountain estate of the company’s CEO, the genius recluse Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Nathan reveals that the contest was simply a ploy to find a human component for...

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