Because she's already teased the argument in the introduction and provided an account of her evidence, it doesn't strike us as unreasonable or far-fetched here. V shot of Caleb reading the email notification that he won the prize, we cut to a few other P. These cameras are not just looking at Caleb, but appear to be scanning him, as the screen flashes in different color lenses and small points appear around Caleb’s mouth, eyes, and nostrils, tracking the smallest expressions that cross his face.Instead, it appears that we've naturally arrived at the same incisive, fascinating points that she has.] A few other shots in the opening sequence more explicitly hint that Caleb is already under Nathan’s control before he ever arrives at the bunker. These small details indicate that Caleb is more a part of this digital space than he realizes, and also foreshadow the later revelation that Nathan is actively using data collected by computers and webcams to manipulate Caleb and others.
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Several people immediately respond with congratulatory messages, and after a moment the woman from the opening shot runs in to give him a hug.
At this point, the other people in the room look up, smile, and start clapping, while Caleb smiles disbelievingly—perhaps even anxiously—and the camera subtly zooms in a bit closer.
The visual style of this opening sequence reinforces the eeriness of the muted humans and electronic soundtrack.
Prominent use of shallow focus to depict a workspace that is constructed out of glass doors and walls makes it difficult to discern how large the space really is.
A woman sits at a computer, absorbed in her screen.
The camera looks at her through a glass wall, one of many in the shot.
Everyone in the building is on their phones, looking at screens, or has headphones in, and the camera is looking at screens through Caleb’s viewpoint for at least half of the noise that a crowded building in the middle of a workday would ordinarily have.
This silence sets the uneasy tone that characterizes the rest of the film, which is as much a horror-thriller as a piece of science fiction.