"You... are dead-center of the greatest scientific event in the history of man." From the Rage Virus to a sun-baked suicide space mission to a gritty adaptation of Judge Dredd, Alex Garland has penned screenplays as thought-provoking as they are suspenseful. In Ex Machina, his directorial debut, he explores the remarkable potential of artificial intelligence in an eerie, post-modern setting where both cabin fever and experimental trickery could be at work. Ex Machina makes its North American debut later this month at the SXSW Film Festival, and a new trailer for the film teases machine-induced mind games.

"Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).

Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined."

Slated to make its North American debut at the SXSW Film Festival on March 14th, Ex Machina will be released in theaters by A24 on April 14th. Written and Directed by Alex Garland, Ex Machina stars Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander.

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    About the Author - Derek Anderson

    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.