Seeming more A.I. than Terminator, for all appearances Ex Machina deals more with the philosophical questions relating to robots and souls rather than having robots killing humans and bringing about the end of mankind (for the most part).
The trailer opens with Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) travelling to a remote location to meet with Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the CEO of the company he works for after having won some kind of competition. Caleb learns that Nathan has developed an AI and has been brought in to see if he believes it to have a true consciousness. Cue the trailer taking a slightly more sinister tone as Caleb gets caught up in a web of lies, deception and misconceptions as he has to deal with an increasingly human-like robot and the not-so transparent Nathan. Ex Machina is billed as both a sci-fi movie and a thriller, and the tone matches that perfectly.
Directed and written by Alex Garland, Ex Machina is due for release sometime next year.