Review by Bob Ignizio
Not unlike Charlie Bucket, computer programmer Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a golden ticket in the science fiction thriller EX MACHINA. Only his ticket doesn't offer entree to a magical chocolate factory, but to the high tech secluded home of his employer Nathan (Oscar Isaac), CEO of the world's most popular search engine and a technological wizard.
Once at Nathan's home, and after signing an extensive non disclosure agreement, the literary comparisons switch from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” to “Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus”. It turns out Nathan has applied his considerable intellect and expertise to the task of creating artificial intelligence. He just needs someone who has the ability to discern whether his creation, Ava (Alicia Vikander), possesses true consciousness.