This isn’t a big FX laden movie, but it is a period piece, taking place mostly in the 1970s and 80s, and that alone is enough to make producers break out in a sweat, when you start thinking about dressing everyone in the right clothes, the right hairstyles, if your characters walk down the street all the shops and vehicles have to be period correct – well, you can see how costs soon rise.
Well it has to be said, its been two extremely quick years following the release of ‘The Force Awakens’ and now Rian Johnson’s take on the Star Wars saga is out in theatres. It would be fair to say that not everyone is a overly enamoured with his vision. There has been a very vocal minority of Star Wars fandom that have taken to aggressively bashing it; even going as far as creating bots to negatively impact the Rotten Tomatoes viewer score.
Ex Machina has only three main characters throughout the movie and the retreat buried inside and on the side of a mountain gives the sets a claustrophobic feel as most of the activities are set inside the building with no windows. The sets are also very clinical in presentation and adding the lighting from very bright lit rooms to sudden darkness in the next shot. If anything all these ingredients appear to be deliberate by director Alex Garland who not only directs the character of Caleb to have an uncomfortable week away from his life but also the audience member.