You can read them in the following list: 1. Ex Machina (stylized as ex_machina) is a 2015 British science fiction psychological thriller film written and directed by Alex Garland in his directing debut.
2. It stars Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac.
3. Ex Machina tells the story of programmer Caleb Smith (Gleeson) who is invited by his employer, the eccentric billionaire Nathan Bateman (Isaac), to administer the Turing test to an android with artificial intelligence (Vikander).
4. Made on a budget of $15 million, the film grossed over $38.2 million worldwide and received critical acclaim.
5. The National Board of Review recognized it as one of the ten best independent films of the year.
6. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Visual Effects, while Vikander was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and received several accolades for her performance.
7. The film was shot over four weeks in 2013 at Pinewood Studios and two weeks at Juvet Landscape Hotel in Valldalen, Norway.
8. It was filmed in digital at 4K resolution.
9. 15.000 mini-tungsten pea bulb lights were installed into the sets to avoid the fluorescent light often used in science fiction films.
10. The opening office scene is filmed at the Bloomberg Head Office in Finsbury Square, London.
11. When Caleb sits down at Nathan’s computer and begins coding, the code he types is for an algorithm called the “Sieve of Eratosthenes,” an algorithm for finding prime numbers. However, it also chooses prime numbers that form an ISBN = 9780199226559. This ISBN is for the book “Embodiment and the Inner Life: Cognition and Consciousness in the Space of Possible Minds,” a book about the history of Artificial Intelligence.
12. Director Alex Garland has described the future presented in the film as “ten minutes from now,” meaning, “If somebody like Google or Apple announced tomorrow that they had made Ava, we would all be surprised, but we wouldn’t be that surprised.”
13. The title derives from the Latin phrase “Deus Ex-Machina,” meaning “a god from the Machine,” a phrase that originated in Greek tragedies. An actor playing a god would be lowered down via a platform (machine) and solve the characters’ issues, resulting in a happy ending for all.
14. When Nathan is about to pass out from drinking, he’s reciting a scripture from the Hindu Gita: “…In sleep, in confusion, in the depths of shame, the good deeds a man has done before defend him.” According to the J. Robert Oppenheimer book “American Prometheus,” Oppenheimer translated and recited that poem a few days prior to a failed explosive test.
15. Caleb alludes to the fact that only Gods can create new life. The three main characters all have appropriate biblical names. Ava is a form of Eve, the first woman, Nathan was a prophet in the court of David, and Caleb was a spy sent by Moses to evaluate the Promised Land.
16. Early in the movie, Caleb listens to the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark song “Enola Gay” (1980). The Enola Gay was the airplane used to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. Later, in talking to Nathan about how AI (Artificial Intelligence) will transform the world, Caleb shares J. Robert Oppenheimer’s quote from the Bhagavad Gita about the making of that atomic bomb (“I am become death, the destroyer of worlds”).
17. The sound made when the key-card activates a door to open is the “Tejat” sound from the Android Operating System.
18. After the power lockdown, Caleb exits his room. Along the walls are versions of Ava’s face and Greek masks used in classic Greek theater, a nod at “Deus ex Machina,” used in classic Greek theater.
19. A portrait of Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein, painted by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, is visible in Nathan’s room. The subject of the portrait is the sister of Ludwig Wittgenstein, author of The Blue Book.
20. Oscar Isaac said he based his characterization of Nathan on Bobby Fischer and Stanley Kubrick, both of whom were reclusive and highly intelligent figures with a dark side.
21. The film is a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s last complete play “The Tempest,” featuring a “magical” master of his domain, a beautiful pseudo-daughter who has never met another man, and a young man with whom she is smitten.
22. Domhnall Gleeson himself played a synthetic human AI in the Black Mirror episode Black Mirror: Be Right Back (2013).
23. Domnhall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac both play prominent roles on opposing sides in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
24. This film has many similarities with The Machine (2013), starting with the title, (“The Machine” vs. “Ex Machina”), the plot, and the female robot named “Ava.”
25. Actress Alicia Vikander and cinematographer Rob Hardy worked together on the World War I drama Testament of Youth (2014).