The film Ex Machina can be viewed in many lights. The one that struck me the most was, “I’m watching a film about power and control over victims.”
Here are some more random thoughts I noted as I watched the movie:
- only the women are naked, often, and for long, slow panning shots
- the women are controlled, raped, and abused by their creator–of course, a man
- all of the men in the film are white and of European descent
- the closets are full of “dead” women
- the clothes Ava chooses to traipse through the forest are something few women would choose on their own
- women are all cold, manipulative, and dangerous and this therefore implies their abuse is justified
- in classic abuser fashion, the abuser is portrayed as a victim in the end
- this is like some demented fantasy of what white men think is every man’s fantasy
- Nathan abuses everyone, including the other men. Often, he shows off his physique to declare himself as the Alpha male in the house.
I really wanted this to be more like “I, Robot”, https://twitter.com/AndrewLewman/status/591798794393690113
Thanks to SC for surviving the movie and shared thoughts.