The Control Of Information In ‘Ex Machina’

The Playlist | 8/5/2017 | Julia Teti
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The essential key to a thought-provoking, illuminating story is its script. It is the one factor that gets a production going. But how does the script intend to treat the information that is being relayed to the audience? What is the relationship that is being made from screen to cup-holder, auditorium seat?

Lessons Form The Screenplay deconstructs the relay of information in Alex Garland’s thriller “Ex Machina.” The video essay breaks down Garland’s formula by revealing important aspects of the film that revolve around storytelling and plot progression. Beginning with an unconventional perspective, audiences are meant to follow Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), as the limited perspective in the film. However, as the plot unfolds, it appears to be argued that Ava (Alicia Vikander) becomes the protagonist of the film.

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Overall, choosing a protagonist is not the most essential part as to how audiences connect with and understand the information flow of “Ex Machina.” It is rather how the information is revealed by characters in dialogue and action, as well as what is often omniscient from the diegetic space of the film, and not what...
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