Rated R

1 hour 45 minutes

Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander

CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) — Can a computer geek and an artificially intelligent Robot share their emotions in a sexy sort of way?

“Ex-Machina” is the kind of stimulating science fiction thriller that doesn’t insult your intelligence.

It’s love at first sight when computer programmer Domhnall Gleeson meets a machine called Ava who is almost human.

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander breaths life into the almost human character of the mysterious Animatron. Even more mysterious, Ava’s creepy inventor Oscar Isaac, who may have seen one too many re-runs of “Frankenstein”.

Isaac’s sinister but posh laboratory becomes a breeding ground for all sorts of bizarre surprises.

Why Director Alex Garland put on such a good show, when the mass audience would have been just as happy with a dumbed down scenario, is a credit to Garland’s artistic standards.

Since “Ex-Machina” wouldn’t think of cheating it’s audience, you can look forward to a clever science-fiction experience filled with innovative touches.

Now I’m not suggesting that Ava’s human, but she was smiling and jumping up and down when she heard I was giving “Ex-Machina” 3 stars.

Expect the unusual when you see this provocative look into the future.

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