Director: Alex Garland
StarsDomhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno, Alicia Vikander

The Turing test seems, at least initially, like an innocent intellectual exercise: it is a test to determine a computer’s intelligence, wherein a computer and human are asked a series of questions and another human is asked if he can distinguish who answered which set of questions. Should they be indistinguishable, the computer would be considered to have human intelligence, and that’s pretty scary. Ex Machina, one of the smartest indie sci-fi films in recent memory, is about a programmer who is tasked to give the Turing test to a human-like robot. The result is a very intelligent take on technology and humanity, with a knockout performance from Alicia Vikander to boot.