Transcendence (2014) Movie Review

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Transcendence (2014)

2014 | PG-13 | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Romance
119 minutes / 1h 59min

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Transcendence Plot Synopsis:

Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can...but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will's thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Transcendence (2014) Review

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.

  • Transcendence Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 4.46
  • IMDB: 6.3
  • MetaCritic: 4.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.0

About Transcendence 2014

Title: Transcendence
Year: 2014
Runtime: 119 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Romance
Reviewer: Score: 2.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 2.23/5 stars from 199,225 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 199,225 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Transcendence Cast Starring: Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., Josh Stewart, Xander Berkeley, Lukas Haas, Rebecca Hall, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michael E. Stogner, Cory Hardrict, Dylan Kenin, Fernando Chien, Cliff Gravel, Nathan Brimmer, Julian Wondolowski, Martin Palmer, Chris Gartin, Matthew Berke, Akshay Patel, Kate Mara, Jaime Powers, Cole Hauser, Luce Rains, Dennis Keiffer, Jon Kristian Moore, Jon McGarrah, Albert Fry Jr., Crystal Miller
Transcendence Writers: NA
Transcendence Director: Wally Pfister
Box Office: $23,014,504
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Language: English
Country: UK, China, USA