Yeah, I initially thought it was pretty incomprehensible, but the more I think about it it might have some good thought-provoking elements that could elevate it to a higher form of intellectual sci-fi. Ex Machina is definitely that higher form of sci-fi, but it's much easier to make sense of. I'm going to have to have some repeat viewings, though, because it is sort of difficult to make much sense of. Some might see that as a flaw, and some might see it as a strength. There's certainly some things there about man's connection to nature, how we interact with it, etc.
And you're right, the premise is super cool and I think it's because of something I haven't heard mentioned yet: this alien entity (for lack of a better word) arrived and is changing things and experimenting with seemingly no reguard for the health or wellbeing of the native life. And that's likely exactly what we would do if we landed on a new world, looking to colonize or even just explore. Hell, it's basically what happened with the colonization of the Americas with the native humans and they were of the same species!
Anyway, I look forward to seeing how it plays with repeat viewings, even though I didn't much care for where the ending left things. It's more about the journey than the destination, for sure.
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Didn't really find it incomprehensible, it's all on all straight forward for the most part imo: an alien force arrives (either intentionally or by chance) and begins to alter the planet (either intentional or not), we don't know if the force is sentient or not, so it all could be randomness. What it was doing wasn't necessarily a bad thing either, as noted in the film, it was creating more-so than destroying, really depends on the viewpoint. eg If Earth lacked higher intelligence forms, would it really matter to the flora and fauna what was happening, it was overall just a change, maybe in the end it would have been beneficial?
Yeah, I plan to watch it at least one more time at home when it's available. Do wonder if a second viewing makes it better; not that it was shit.
This was pretty good. The [SPOILER - highlight to read]: bear scene and the entire lighthouse scene were both phenomenally done. Besides those two scenes everything else was average, but those were both worth the price of admission alone.
__________________ "Happiness is a lie. Life is horror. The light is always dying all across the universe. The last star will flicker out someday, when it does, all that remains is shadow. And I will be its king!"'-Amahl Farouk
Yes, the general premise is pretty obvious. I'm not talking about the plot. I'm talking about what one is meant to take away from various details. In other words: what does it all mean? It's not so easily explained in that reguard.