Transcendence (2014) Movie Review

Transcendence (2014)

2014 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Romance
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User Score: 58/100


A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.

The first twenty five minutes transmit an eerie tension and are extremely slow, but it was worth it because this is a beautiful love story with a man, a woman of course and humanities. Transcendence (2014) is a Sci-Fi action film that contains violence, bloody images, strong language, sensuality, suspense, love and mad scientists. The dialogue was strained, acting was not convincing, but the storyline was good because it was about the future and love. I was wondering throughout the entire movie, what did Johnny Depp get himself into? He could do so much better than this. Anyone could have played his part.

Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp - Into the Woods, Tusk, Dark Shadows) is a pre-eminent researcher in artificial intelligence who is curious about nature and the universe. Will and his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall - Tumbledown, Ruminate, A Promise) is working on a sentient machine, a hybrid human that will have the emotions, personalities and knowledge of everyone that has ever existed in Berkeley, California.

Terrorists from Revolutionary Independence From Technology (RIFT) is determined to destroy Will’s work and Will. The terrorists shot Will with a bullet that is laced with a radioactive substance that will kill him quickly. The movie takes a turn now where Evelyn and Will’s best friend, Max Waters (Paul Bettany - Mortdecai, Blood, Priest) try to save what they can from Will’s brain before it is too late. The duo start to record Will’s brain patterns and uploading them to a quantum computer that seems just spectacular. Evelyn and Max succeed at reviving Will’s feelings and ideas.

The movie now got me sitting on the edge of my seat excited because Will requests to be connected to the internet so that he can gain more knowledge. The excitement and sitting on the edge of my seat did not last long. Max hesitates and is quickly forcibly pushed out of the building by Evelyn. Evelyn loves her husband so much that she would do anything to keep a piece of him. Evelyn then connects the computer intelligence (Will) to the internet. Not long after Evelyn soon suspects Will/computer intelligence of terrible things and once again the story turns. As usual - you will have to watch the movie to see what happens next. What will Evelyn do now that she knows that her husband might pose a danger? Will she try to save him or will she be a traitor to the love of her life?

The movie did get me wondering what will people do today without the internet and wifi? I could not get over the dreadful mellow acoustic music playing in the background - it was so wrong for a modern day movie. Transcendence is the only movie cinematographer Wally Pfister directed - he should stick to cinematography because he seems to be an expert at it since he did 43 movies. On a good note, the cinematography was excellent and the CGI effects were pretty good.

About Transcendence (2014)

Title: Transcendence
Year: 2014
Starring: Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Xander Berkeley, Clifton Collins Jr., Cillian Murphy, Lukas Haas, Josh Stewart, Dylan Kenin, Fernando Chien, Rebecca Hall, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Cory Hardrict, Jon Kristian Moore, Cliff Gravel, Martin Palmer, Chris Gartin, Jaime Powers, Cole Hauser, Michael E. Stogner, Luce Rains, Dennis Keiffer, Jermaine Washington, Charles Moss, Jon McGarrah, Seth Adkins, Nathan Brimmer, Elon Musk, Julian Wondolowski, Wallace Langham
Director: Wally Pfister
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 26 users. Votes: 26.
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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