Meet the android Ava in mysterious new clip from Alex Garland's Ex Machina

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Jan 5, 2015, 12:35 PM EST

Alex Garland’s new film Ex Machina is one of the most intriguing sci-fi flicks of 2015, and a new clip introduces the mysterious android at the heart of it all.

The film essentially follows the Turing test of a humanoid android named Ava, played by Alicia Vikander, and looks to be a taut thriller digging into what it really means to be human. Heady subject matter, for sure, but it’s coming from the guy who wrote genre faves 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd,  so we’re inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. It also marks Garland’s directorial debut.

This new clip shows off code writer Caleb’s (Domhnall Gleeson) first meeting with Ava, and Garland chatted with Yahoo! about how he framed the scene to introduce viewers to Ava. For Garland, it was all about subverting expectations and building the mystery that would drive the remainder of the film:

“The key thing is that you present her as beautiful, elegant and strange, but most of all you present her as a machine. You begin with something you wouldn’t attribute sentience to, and then show that it’s there.

What the production designer, Mark Digby, has done with that set is quite sophisticated. He’s put the prisoner – the robot – in a larger space than the interrogator, who gets this tiny glass box. When you first see Ava you’re seeing her through multiple panes of glass, and behind her is this strange garden area, which implies the world outside. It’s elegant, intelligent production design, which is typical of him.”

Check out the clip below and let us know what you think:

Ex Machina opens Jan. 23 in the U.K. and is set for a U.S. bow on April 25.

(Via Yahoo! Movies UK)