So, as expected, this is not a mainstream or even a straightforward film. It’s scifi and quite a bit horror and mostly about people who enter a strange place and start seeing, hearing and doing strange things.
I think ‘Ex Machina’ is a very good film, but it’s also a very simple set up, the only weird thing in it is the existence of a robot who may (or may not) be truly sentient and a real person, despite being a robot.
This is a whole place, all full of weird.
I’ve avoided a lot of the social media reaction to it until now, but a quick look shows it to be quite devisive.
My reaction is that it’s interesting, not entirely successful in what it’s trying to do but it does clarify some of what was even more obtuse in the book (along with jettisoning a fair amount of it too).
Not a waste of time, but only worth it if you want something that’s intended to mess with your head, and not in a “murder mystery way”, but in a “how many mushrooms did you just eat” sort of way.
I suspect you’ll know if it’s likely to be a film you’ll enjoy.