2015 could very well be the year of Artificial Intelligence. Avengers: Age Of Ultron sees Earth’s mightiest heroes take on the sub-titular machine, while Star Wars: The Force Awakens will not only welcome back R2-D2 and C-3PO, but also introduce rollerball droid BB-8.
But as great as those guys will undoubtably be, it’s unlikely they’ll best Ava, Ex Machina’s robot femme fatale. Brought to life by Alicia Vikander (who, along with Testament Of Youth and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is set to have quite a year) and an incredibly human script by writer-director Alex Garland, she’s a complex and engaging character whom the question of genuine intelligence in place of intricate programming looms over throughout.