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Joshua Grimm

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781800348301

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800348301.001.0001

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Goodbye, World

Goodbye, World

(p.93) Chapter 7: Goodbye, World
Ex Machina

Joshua Grimm

Liverpool University Press

The ending of Ex Machina as the audience sees it is a powerful one, with Ava achieving her much-desired independence. However, while the final version ends with Ava standing at a busy intersection watching humans, it’s not the only version that was considered. There was also an original ending showing (that was ultimately cut) where the final shot showed definitively that Ava was actually less human that we were led to believe, and fans have argued that there should also be a “Caleb Cut” ending where the last thing the audience sees is Caleb trapped in a room. However, that theatrical ending is crucial for rooting the film in Ava’s point-of-view, not Caleb’s. While that feminist lens is essential to the director’s vision of the film, that ending still may not be as euphoric as audiences seem to think.

Keywords:   Artificial Intelligence, Feminism, Future

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