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.
Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.