Oscar Isaac’s dance scene in “Ex Machina” is the most surprisingly delightful scene of the year

It involves dancing!


Anna Silman
April 24, 2015 12:00AM (UTC)

"Ex Machina" is a terrifying, hauntingly atmospheric film about artificial intelligence, human consciousness and mechanized femininity (read Andrew O'Hehir and director Alex Garland's great discussion of the film's knotty "gender stuff" here). And occasionally -- unlike many other movies that cover similar thematic territory -- it’s also laugh out loud funny.

The levity (and much of the darkness, admittedly) comes courtesy of the virtuosic Oscar Isaac, who plays a reclusive tech billionaire named Nathan. Isaac gives one of the most believable portrayals of this sort of Jobsian mogul that I’ve ever seen on screen, both menacing and charming, self-disciplined and reckless in equal measure. With his thick beard and self-confident swagger, Nathan is both a totally believable on both an individual and archetypal level -- the epitome of the swaggering, egotistical Silicon Valley billionaire, warped to the point of dystopia. And did we mention he can dance?

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To wit, one of the most notable scenes in the film is a choreographed dance sequence, where Nathan and his assistant Kyoko break it down to the strains of "Get Down Saturday Night" amid some sweet disco lighting. In a film that has done nothing but incrementally ramp up tension since the opening credits, this funkadelic dance party acts like a refreshing palate cleanser between courses, not to mention a chance for Isaac to show off his world-historical apple-picking moves.

Give Oscar all the Oscars, please.


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