A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I. (IMDb)
Nominations: Visual Effects (Winner!) and Original Screenplay
So, I’ll be honest, this was a slow starter for me. It took some time for this to really start to take off, and when it did, it was a tad predictable. (The whole “don’t trust anyone” type of twist) But, as the movie went on, it lost its predictability, and I found myself getting more and more sucked into this world throughout all of its twists, turns, lies, and deceit. This is essentially a three hander with Domhnall Gleeson (in his third Oscar nominated movie this year, two of which were winners), Oscar Isaac (appearing in two Oscar nominated movies himself), and Alicia Vikander (who not only was in two winners, she took home a trophy personally.) So, completely safe bet to say that the acting in this is on point. Vikander always made you wonder if she was more than an AI, while subtly reminding you that she was, mostly through physical work. The scenes between Gleeson and Isaac are fascinating, verbal sparring matches between two highly intelligent people. Then, the visual effects, which it took home the Oscar for, is highly deserved. We’ve seen many AIs in movies before, but this was a whole new level. It’s the next step in the AI technology that we haven’t seen yet, and they showed it to us. Completely seamless too. Overall, it took me about a half hour to get into this, but once I was sucked in, it wouldn’t let me go.
Side Note: This is my last Oscar post of this year! Sad day, I know. There’s a lot more nominees that I want to see, but I’ll just have to get to them throughout the course of the year. Can’t wait!