Posted by Ken Burke On May - 1 - 2015 0 Comment

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MV5BMTQ5MTg5MzgyNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTA3NzM3NDE@._V1__SX1419_SY789_A couple of interesting choices available to you at many of your local movie houses feature two very unique female (although you may have to consider and debate that term where one of them is concerned) protagonists (although you might well consider one of them more as the antagonist, depending on where your sympathies lie with the story’s events and implications).  You can explore more about these cryptic statements in my detailed review if you like, but for now I’ll just relate to you the basic premises of Ex Machina (which I found a lot to like and write about) and The Age of Adaline (which offers a concept of great intrigue but doesn’t draw you into its fantastic situation quite as well as it could so I didn’t say as much about it)—of course, as is so often the case, the more interesting one of this pair is playing in about half of the theaters that are offering the lesser realization, but at least this time that means that there are about 1,500 opportunities nationwide to find Ex Machina so I hope that one of them is relatively close to you.  In that scenario a young coder at the world’s most popular search engine (here it’s Blue Book rather than Google) wins a week at the isolated home of the company’s genius CEO who actually wants his guest to test his new, sophisticated android to see if “she” has truly achieved the level of sentience; needless to say, this gets much more complicated than a chess game with a computer (although there are aspects of that as well), leaving us with a lot of well-crafted tension and plenty to think about after the screening.  However, despite a pseudo-science twist to The Age of Adaline, this one’s much more fantasy (and romance) than sci-fi, but the lead woman is just as intriguing because a freak accident back in 1937 has left her incapable of aging so in 2015 she still looks 29, although this version of immortality works against her because she has to keep changing identities every decade or so in order to prevent everyone around her from getting suspicious about her eternal youth.  She finds her own cluster of unanticipated complications when she does finally let her guard down but that’s all I can say for now unless you’re ready to plunge into my spoiler-filled analysis noted above, which I do encourage you to do if you’re ready for it.

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