Call it heavy-handed, but that’s essentially the conundrum in which Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) finds himself when he wins a bizarre contest with the grand prize of a week’s vacation at the home of his boss. Caleb, who ranges between 24 and 26 depending on the press materials, is an overconnected techno geek saturated in gizmos and IM—just look at how he spreads the news of his win via his phone—and Ava just happens to be his Samantha, like the operating system that seduces Joaquin Phoenix’s Theodore in the Spike Jonze’s sci-fi romance Her. Ava, played by Alicia Vikander (ironically Gleeson’s love interest in Anna Karenina), is even more sophisticated than Samantha is because she sports more than just a smoky, sexy voice.
Rating: ★★★½ (out of ★★★★★)
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