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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there? (Read More)

Themes:anger, deception, escape
Mood:suspense
Story:psychological manipulation, underground bunker, containment, single set production, hidden truth, cat and mouse, distrust, hitchcockian, minimal cast, close up of eyes, vodka, psycho thriller, strong female lead, strong female character, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, drawing, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, bed

Source Code (2011)
Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Source Code (2011)

Army Captain Colter Stevens finds himself working on a special program where his consciousness can be inserted into another human being. The only catch is can only be there for 8 minutes at any given time. That morning, a bomb exploded on a commuter train just outside Chicago. He occupies the body of teacher going to work on that train and is confused as to what he is doing or why he is there as his last memory is of flying his helicopter on a combat mission in Afghanistan. Those in charge of the program explain to him that there is a bomb on the train, and that he must locate it. More importantly, he must identify the bomber as another bombing is expected later that day. He is also told however that he cannot change the past and can only gather information. As he develops a liking for his traveling companion Christina, he sets out to test that theory. (Read More)

Themes:memory, escape
Mood:suspense
Story:psychological manipulation, looking at self in mirror, helicopter, containment, single set production, hidden truth, cat and mouse, hitchcockian, consciousness, knocked unconscious, minimal cast, surveillance camera, inventor, psycho thriller, strong female character, severed arm, character repeating someone else's dialogue, internet, scientist, punched in the face

Cube (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cube (1997)

Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned. (Read More)

Themes:claustrophobia, deception, escape
Mood:suspense
Story:single set production, red light, minimal cast, close up of eyes, existentialism, severed arm, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the back, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, f word, written by director, punched in the face, blood splatter, surprise ending, death, murder, blood

Alien: Covenant (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. (Read More)

Themes:anger, deception, escape
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory
Story:humanoid, distrust, close up of eyes, artificial intelligence, shaving, waterfall, stabbed in the back, stabbed in the chest, mountain, f word, scientist, river, robot, painting, punched in the face, blood splatter, shower, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:deception, escape
Mood:suspense
Story:vodka, self mutilation, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the back, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, f word, painting, undressing, punched in the face, mirror, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, death, murder, blood

Moon (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Moon (2009)

Sam Bell has a three year contract to work for Lunar Industries. For the contract's entire duration, he is the sole employee based at their lunar station. His primary job responsibility is to harvest and periodically rocket back to Earth supplies of helium-3, the current clean and abundant fuel used on Earth. There is no direct communication link available between the lunar station and Earth, so his only direct real-time interaction is with GERTY, the intelligent computer whose function is to attend to his day to day needs. With such little human contact and all of it indirect, he feels that three years is far too long to be so isolated; he knows he is beginning to hallucinate as the end of his three years approaches. All he wants is to return to Earth to be with his wife Tess and their infant daughter Eve, who was born just prior to his leaving for this job. With two weeks to go, he gets into an accident at one of the mechanical harvesters and is rendered unconscious. Injured, he awakens back at the station in the infirmary, he assumes assisted by GERTY. GERTY tells him that a rescue team named Eliza will come to the station to clean up the aftermath of the accident. After his recuperation, he takes an unauthorized trip back to the broken harvester, where he makes an unexpected discovery. Because of his find, he begins to doubt his sanity, then his true identity, then the company and GERTY's willingness to do what is best for him. Because of his resulting beliefs, his sole mission becomes how to get back to Earth on his own. This is why Moon (2009) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014). (Read More)

Themes:memory, deception, friendship
Mood:suspense
Story:contract, psychological manipulation, computer, containment, single set production, hidden truth, hitchcockian, punching bag, minimal cast, artificial intelligence, isolation, drawing, robot, lie, mirror, shower, knife, dancing, bare chested male, death

Chappie (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Chappie (2015)

In Johannesburg, the police department reduced the high rating of criminality using robots from the Tetravaal Company, designed by the engineer Deon Wilson. The former military Vincent Moore is envious of Deon, since he has developed another project called Moose, but neither Tetravaal nor the police department is interested. Deon has just developed an Artificial Intelligence but the Tetravaal's CEO Michelle Bradley asks him to abort the project. Deon decides to bring the damaged Robot 22 that was sent to be crushed to test his A.I. However he is kidnapped by the criminals Ninja, Yo-Landi and Amerika that want him to stop the robot cops. When they see the damaged robot in the van, they force Deon to program it to heist banks with them and they call it Chappie. However, Chappie acts like a child and need to be trained to learn and grow. Meanwhile Vincent follows Deon and plots an evil scheme to activate his robot. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Locations:laboratory
Story:robot, arm ripped off, consciousness, artificial intelligence, inventor, electronic music score, severed arm, employer employee relationship, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, f word, painting, written by director, helicopter, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male

Fantastic Four (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Fantastic Four (2015)

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. (Read More)

Themes:anger, escape, drunkenness, friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory
Story:research facility, close up of eyes, power outage, inventor, strong female lead, strong female character, experiment, character repeating someone else's dialogue, drawing, no opening credits, scientist, written by director, punched in the face, helicopter, blood splatter, surprise ending, bare chested male, two word title, murder, blood

The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:anger, deception, escape, friendship
Locations:laboratory
Story:close up of eyes, power outage, self mutilation, manipulation, fantasy sequence, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, scientist, beer, punched in the face, helicopter, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, blood, murder, death

Assassin's Creed (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Assassin's Creed (2016)

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. (Read More)

Themes:anger, memory, deception, escape
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory
Story:research facility, self mutilation, experiment, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the back, drawing, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, scientist, painting, computer, punched in the face, helicopter, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, murder, death

Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (2012)

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. This is why Total Recall (2012) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014). (Read More)

Themes:memory, deception, escape, drunkenness
Story:artificial intelligence, strong female lead, self mutilation, strong female character, severed arm, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, robot, punched in the face, helicopter, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, two word title, death, murder

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:anger, deception, escape, drunkenness
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory
Story:existentialism, self mutilation, severed arm, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the back, drawing, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, f word, scientist, alcohol, written by director, punched in the face, mirror, helicopter, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, death

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Read More)

Themes:memory, deception, escape
Mood:suspense
Story:existentialism, artificial intelligence, inventor, electronic music score, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, f word, punched in the face, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, death, blood, murder

The Purge (2013)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge (2013)

In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:suspense
Story:containment, lockdown, single set production, cat and mouse, minimal cast, power outage, psycho thriller, morality, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the back, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, f word, written by director, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, murder, death, blood

Lone Survivor (2013)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:deception, friendship
Story:scenic beauty, self mutilation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, mountain, f word, river, written by director, helicopter, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, dancing, bare chested male, two word title, death, blood, murder

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". This is why Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014). (Read More)

Themes:anger, deception, escape
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory
Story:close up of eyes, artificial intelligence, power outage, strong female lead, self mutilation, strong female character, experiment, severed arm, employer employee relationship, manipulation, fantasy sequence, stabbed in the back, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, mountain, scientist, painting, punched in the face, helicopter, surprise ending

Passengers (2016) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Passengers (2016)

The spaceship, Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the "Homestead Colony" and transporting 5,258 people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result one hibernation pod opens prematurely and the one person that awakes, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is stranded on the spaceship, still 90 years from his destination. (Read More)

Themes:anger, deception, drunkenness
Story:containment, overhead shot, punching bag, power outage, electronic music score, isolation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, wine, robot, lie, undressing, computer, punched in the face, mirror, surprise ending, dancing, bare chested male, murder, blood

Non-stop (2014)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Non-stop (2014)

Bill Marks, a former cop dealing with his daughter's death by drinking, is now a federal air marshal. While on a flight from New York to London, Marks gets a text telling him that unless 150 million dollars is transferred to an offshore account, someone will die every 20 minutes. Can he find the terrorist in time and save everyone? (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:suspense
Story:psychological manipulation, containment, hidden truth, cat and mouse, hitchcockian, power outage, psycho thriller, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, stabbed to death, punched in the face, surprise ending, knife, death, murder

Hollow Man (2000)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hollow Man (2000)

Having discovered they could turn animals invisible, a group of scientists test the subject on a human. Head of research, Dr. Sebastian Caine decides to use himself as the subject. After the experiment can't be reversed, it takes a toll on Caine's personality, causing him to hunt down and kill his colleagues (Read More)

Themes:anger, escape
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory
Story:experiment, lockdown, surveillance camera, stabbed in the back, scientist, computer, punched in the face, mirror, blood splatter, shower, bare chested male, death, murder, blood

X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

In the future, the mutants and the humans that help them are slaughtered by powerful robots named Sentinels. Professor Xavier, Wolverine, Magneto, Storm, Kitty Pryde and her friends meet at a monastery in China and Xavier explains that the invincible Sentinels were created using the DNA of Mystique that was captured in 1973 when she tried to assassinate their creator Dr. Bolivar Trask. Xavier tells that their only chance is return to 1973 using Pryde's ability to join Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr to convince Mystique to give up of her intention. . However, only Wolverine can withstand the damages of the time travel. Will he succeed in stopping Mystique and the Sentinel Program and save the mutants and their human friends from annihilation? (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory
Story:artificial intelligence, inventor, strong female character, experiment, severed arm, stabbed in the back, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, mountain, scientist, robot, punched in the face, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, death, blood, murder

Scream 3 (2000) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 3 (2000)

A new film is currently in production, and a killer is on the loose. The murders draw a reporter, ex-cop, and young woman to the set of the movie inspired by their life. They soon find out that they are dealing with a trilogy, and in a trilogy...anything can happen. This is why Scream 3 (2000) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014). (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, drunkenness
Story:seclusion, strong female lead, strong female character, isolation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the back, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, f word, punched in the face, helicopter, blood splatter, shower, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, death, murder, blood

The Time Machine (2002)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

The Time Machine (2002)

Based on the classic sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, scientist and inventor, Alexander Hartdegen, is determined to prove that time travel is possible. His determination is turned to desperation by a personal tragedy that now drives him to want to change the past. Testing his theories with a time machine of his own invention, Hartdegen is hurtled 800,000 years into the future, where he discovers that mankind has divided into the hunter - and the hunted. (Read More)

Themes:evolution, memory
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory
Story:inventor, scientist, artificial intelligence, experiment, severed arm, punched in the face, knife, murder, death, blood

Scream 4 (2011)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 4 (2011)

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, drunkenness
Mood:suspense
Story:stabbed in the belly, strong female lead, self mutilation, strong female character, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the back, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, f word, punched in the face, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, blood, death, murder

Panic Room (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Panic Room (2002)

Recently divorced Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah have bought a new home in New York. On their tour around the mansion, they come across the panic room. A room so secure, that no one can get in. When three burglars break in, Meg makes a move to the panic room. But all her troubles don't stop there. The criminals know where she is, and what they require the most in the house is in that very room. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Mood:suspense
Story:psychological manipulation, looking at self in mirror, containment, single set production, hidden truth, cat and mouse, hitchcockian, estate, minimal cast, power outage, surveillance camera, psycho thriller, strong female lead, strong female character, manipulation, wine, f word, punched in the face, blood splatter, knife

The Hateful Eight (2015) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock's new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all... (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:suspense
Story:chapter headings, landscape, electronic music score, hate, severed arm, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the back, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, mountain, f word, written by director, punched in the face, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, death, murder, blood

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. This is why The Equalizer (2014) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:suspense
Story:close up of eyes, power outage, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the back, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, f word, punched in the face, helicopter, blood splatter, shower, knife, bare chested male, two word title, murder, blood, death

Scream 2 (1997)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 2 (1997)

Two years after the events of Scream, Sidney Prescott and Randy are attending Windsor college. They are trying to get on with their lives...Until a new Ghostface killing spree begins. With the help of Dewey and Gale, Sidney must find out who's behind the murders. As the body count goes up, the list of suspects goes down. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, drunkenness
Mood:suspense
Story:cut arm, close up of eyes, strong female lead, strong female character, isolation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the back, no opening credits, internet, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, f word, computer, punched in the face, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, death, murder

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:anger, memory, deception, escape, drunkenness, friendship
Mood:suspense
Story:psycho thriller, drawing, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, wine, f word, bed, undressing, mirror, helicopter, blood splatter, shower, surprise ending, knife, dancing, bare chested male, two word title, blood, murder, death

Unknown (2011) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Unknown (2011)

A biochemist and his dishy wife arrive in Berlin for a conference at which a scientist and his controversial Arab funder will announce breakthrough research. While his wife checks into the hotel, he grabs a cab to return to the airport for his briefcase, left at the curb. En route, an auto accident puts him in a coma, from which he awakes four days later without identification and with gaps in his memory. He goes to the hotel: his wife refuses to recognize him and another man has claimed his identity. With help from a nurse, the cab driver, a retired Stasi agent, and an academic friend, he tries to unravel what's going on. Is the answer in the briefcase? (Read More)

Themes:memory, deception, escape
Locations:laboratory
Story:breaking a mirror, hitchcockian, consciousness, video surveillance, surveillance camera, character repeating someone else's dialogue, drawing, scientist, river, punched in the face, shower, surprise ending, knife, dancing, bare chested male, death, murder

Gamer (2009)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Gamer (2009)

Ken Castle is extremely rich, popular and powerful since he invented and started exploiting the virtual online parallel reality games, in which people can either pay as user or be paid as 'actor' in a system of mind-control. The ultimate version, Slayers, fields death row convicts as gladiators in a desperate dim bid for survival, which no-one made yet. The champion, John 'Kable' Tillman, was scheduled to die just before he'ld gain release, but he persuades his teenage 'handler' to hand over the reins so he can fully use his talents and experience. Thus Kable escapes to freedom, only to be chased illegally by Castle's men, yet fights back all the way to his HQ and challenges his evil hidden plans. (Read More)

Themes:memory, drunkenness
Story:vodka, time lapse photography, manipulation, stabbed in the back, stabbed in the chest, f word, punched in the face, helicopter, blood splatter, dancing, bare chested male, murder, death, blood

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:anger, deception, escape, friendship
Story:severed arm, waterfall, manipulation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the back, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, river, written by director, punched in the face, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, murder, death, blood

Don't Breathe (2016)
Crime, Horror, Thriller

Don't Breathe (2016)

Rocky, a young woman wanting to start a better life for her and her sister, agrees to take part in the robbery of a house owned by a wealthy blind man with her boyfriend Money and their friend Alex. But when the blind man turns out to be a more ruthless adversary than he seems, the group must find a way to escape his home before they become his latest victims. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Mood:suspense
Story:cat and mouse, hitchcockian, minimal cast, close up of eyes, psycho thriller, isolation, stabbed in the back, no opening credits, f word, written by director, punched in the face, blood splatter, two word title, death, murder, blood

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, deception, escape
Story:close up of eyes, time lapse photography, black and white scene, psycho thriller, self mutilation, fantasy sequence, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, f word, beer, undressing, punched in the face, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, dancing, bare chested male, death, murder

The Girl On The Train (2016)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Girl On The Train (2016)

The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down -- Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing. (Read More)

Themes:anger, memory, deception, escape, drunkenness, friendship
Mood:suspense
Story:breaking a mirror, hate, manipulation, fantasy sequence, drawing, no opening credits, stabbed to death, f word, alcohol, painting, computer, blood splatter, shower, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, death, blood, murder

Oblivion (2013)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

Oblivion (2013)

One of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs, discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring into question everything he believed about the war, and may even put the fate of mankind in his hands.

Themes:memory, deception
Mood:suspense
Story:artificial intelligence, black and white scene, electronic music score, strong female character, waterfall, drawing, no opening credits, robot, painting, written by director, shower, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, death, murder

Wonder Woman (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. This is why Wonder Woman (2017) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014). (Read More)

Themes:anger, deception, escape, drunkenness
Locations:laboratory
Story:overhead shot, distrust, close up of eyes, strong female lead, waterfall, fantasy sequence, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, scientist, beer, painting, punched in the face, surprise ending, knife, dancing, bare chested male, two word title, murder

Predators (2010) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Mood:suspense
Story:strong female character, severed arm, waterfall, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, stabbed to death, f word, punched in the face, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, murder, blood, death

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, drunkenness
Story:overhead shot, distrust, contract, stabbed in the back, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, wine, f word, beer, lie, undressing, punched in the face, mirror, knife, dancing, bare chested male, murder, blood

The Strangers (2008)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Strangers (2008)

After returning from a wedding reception, a couple staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple find themselves in a violent struggle, in which they go beyond what either of them thought capable in order to survive. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Story:red light, cat and mouse, isolation, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, alcohol, written by director, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, dancing, blood, murder

Death Race (2008)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Death Race (2008)

In 2012, amid economic chaos and high unemployment, Americans watch by the millions as criminals with life sentences race armored cars on Terminal Island. Two-thirds of the combatants die but the winner may earn his freedom. On the day he loses his job, steelworker Jensen Ames is arrested for his wife's murder. Sent to Terminal Island, he's offered an out by the steely and manipulative Warden Hennessey - race as the popular mask-wearing (but now dead) champion, Frankenstein, or rot in prison. Jensen makes the bargain. As the three-stage race approaches, he realizes that the whole thing may be a set up - can an anonymous man behind a mask get revenge and win his release? (Read More)

Story:reference to frankenstein, video surveillance, self mutilation, stabbed in the back, stabbed in the chest, f word, punched in the face, helicopter, blood splatter, shower, surprise ending, two word title, blood, death, murder

Orphan (2009) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Orphan (2009)

Kate and John Coleman are rebuilding their troubled marriage after the loss of their baby. The couple decide to adopt a child. When they meet the nine-year-old Estonian girl, Esther, at the St. Marina Orphanage, they immediately fall in love with the well-educated orphan. Their young son, Daniel, is hostile to his new sister; but their deaf mute daughter, Max, is enchanted with her - at first. Eventually, Kate begins to feel that Esther is manipulative and possibly even psychologically disturbed. John refuses to listen to his wife's misgivings. Kate calls Sister Abigail at the orphanage, and the nun informs her that Esther has a troubled and mysterious history. Kate delves further into Esther's past and discovers she is not what she claims to be. This is why Orphan (2009) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Mood:suspense
Story:breaking a mirror, looking at self in mirror, self injury, cat and mouse, power outage, psycho thriller, manipulation, stabbed in the back, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, painting, blood splatter, surprise ending, blood, murder

Hanna (2011)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Hanna (2011)

Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the skills of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:underground bunker, cctv, strong female lead, strong female character, isolation, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, punched in the face, helicopter, blood splatter, knife, bare chested male, death, murder, blood

The Wolverine (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Wolverine (2013)

In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own near-immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before. (Read More)

Themes:escape, drunkenness
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory
Story:research facility, self mutilation, shaving, strong female character, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the back, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, mountain, scientist, robot, helicopter, surprise ending, knife, death, bare chested male, two word title, blood, murder

The Revenant (2015)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, drunkenness, friendship
Mood:suspense
Story:landscape, self mutilation, waterfall, stabbed in the back, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, river, lie, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, two word title, murder, death, blood

X-men: Apocalypse (2016) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. (Read More)

Themes:anger, memory, deception, escape, drunkenness
Mood:suspense
Locations:laboratory
Story:power outage, inventor, strong female lead, strong female character, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, mountain, scientist, robot, punched in the face, helicopter, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, death, blood, murder

Tomorrowland (2015)
Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Sci-fi

Tomorrowland (2015)

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomorrowland." This is why Tomorrowland (2015) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014). (Read More)

Themes:memory, deception, escape
Locations:laboratory
Story:inventor, close up of eyes, artificial intelligence, power outage, strong female lead, strong female character, severed arm, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, scientist, robot, punched in the face, surprise ending, murder, death

Buried (2010)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Buried (2010)

Waking groggy in pitch darkness, Paul Conroy, an American truck driver working in Iraq in 2006, slowly realizes he is trapped inside a wooden coffin, buried alive. With his cigarette lighter, he can see the trap he is in, and he quickly realizes that there's not enough air for him to live long. He finds within the coffin a working cellphone, which allows him contact with the outside world. But the outside world proves not to be very helpful at finding a man buried in a box in the middle of the Iraqi desert. Paul must rely on his best resource--himself. (Read More)

Themes:claustrophobia, cruelty
Mood:suspense
Story:upside down camera shot, single set production, red light, hitchcockian, minimal cast, psycho thriller, self mutilation, isolation, fantasy sequence, character repeating someone else's dialogue, alcohol, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, murder, blood, death

Alien (1979)
Horror, Sci-fi

Alien (1979)

The crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo are on their way home when they pick up a distress beacon from a distant moon. The crew are under obligation to investigate and the spaceship descends on the moon afterwards. After a rough landing, three crew members leave the spaceship to explore the area on the moon. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship's computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a distress call. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew realizes that they are not alone on the spaceship and they must deal with the consequences. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Mood:suspense
Story:containment, cat and mouse, minimal cast, strong female lead, strong female character, character repeating someone else's dialogue, robot, undressing, computer, blood splatter, bare chested male, murder, blood, death

Scream (1996) is one of the best movies like Ex Machina (2014)
Horror, Mystery

Scream (1996)

1 year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: Whats your favorite scary movie? Along with many scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro. (Read More)

Themes:escape, drunkenness, friendship
Mood:suspense
Story:cut arm, power outage, strong female lead, strong female character, stabbed in the back, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, f word, beer, computer, punched in the face, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, death, bare chested male, blood, murder

Alexander (2004)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Alexander (2004)

Conquering 90% of the known world by the age of 25, Alexander the Great led his armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia (today part of Greece), Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This film will concentrate on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaestion. Alexander died young, of illness, at 33. Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest. (Read More)

Themes:anger, deception, escape, drunkenness, friendship
Story:distrust, electronic music score, severed arm, manipulation, stabbed in the back, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, mountain, river, bed, punched in the face, blood splatter, surprise ending, knife, dancing, bare chested male, death, murder, blood

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