We’re calling this one early. Unless some serious competition comes up later in the year, the best dance sequence of cinema in 2015 will go down as a scene performed by Oscar Isaac in “Ex Machina.” If you’ve seen the movie, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, it’s a perfect example how this cerebral and stylish science fiction thriller from Alex Garland (writer of “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine,”) contains some brilliantly absurdly funny moments out of nowhere.
A24 mashed up the scene with the second best dance scene of the year, which is from another one of its films, Noah Baumbach‘s “While We’re Young.” “Ex Machina” stars two upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” leads, Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, along with Alicia Vikander (who we’re told came really close to bagging a role in “Star Wars: Rogue One”). Here’s the official synopsis:
Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).
Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.
“Ex Machina” expands nationwide this Friday, so A24 has released a new trailer, and you can also check out the dance clip below. The song in the clips is “Get Down Saturday Night” by Oliver Cheatham, which you can listen to in full below as well.