Harper, traumatized after a drastic end to a relationship, goes to rest in the countryside. In the idyllic scenery, she has a nightmare: She is harassed by a group of despicable and aggressive men. Alex Garland’s film is a truly arthouse thriller.
In “Ex Machina” director Alex Garland’s latest, “Men,” the leaves are so green, the tone is so ominous, and the men are so … Rory Kinnear-y that audiences are all but guaranteed to leave this folk-horror bizart-house offering feeling disturbed, even if no two viewers can agree on what bothered them about it. There’s that shocker of an ending, of course, but we’ll postpone discussion of that till the penultimate paragraph of this review, so as not to spoil the fun — even if, by the time you see it, “Men” is already likely to be defined by its over-the-top finale.
Alex Garland was born in 1970 in London. At age twenty, he published the novel The Beach, which became a cult and generational hit. His career in the world of film began with scriptwriting; he co-created titles such as Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later and Never Let Me Go by Mark Romanek. The science fiction thriller Ex Machina is his directorial debut. He also worked in video games.
2015 Ex Machina
2018 Anihilacja / Annihilation
2020 Devs (TV)