Transcendence (5/10)

Transcendence

Yesterday, Dr. Will Caster was only human...

Overview

Two leading computer scientists work toward their goal of Technological Singularity, as a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent them from creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.

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Title Transcendence
Director Wally Pfister
Director of Photography Jess Hall
Runtime 1 h 59 min
Certification PG-13
Release Date 17 April 2014
Tagline Yesterday, Dr. Will Caster was only human...
IMDb Id tt2209764
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There clearly is a trend of science-fiction  more and more aspiring to enter the mainstream. Transcendence is another such attempt, using several big name stars like Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany and Morgan Freeman to reach a broader audience for its story.

But its story is not very good. To be clear: it is also not a terrible movie. But it is not very good unfortunately.

The concept opens up a bit of a box of Pandorra in terms of paths it could have explored in the script – relationships, artificial intelligence, control, life after death to name a few. It touches upon many things but never really delves into anything in any depth and it doesn’t bring anything together so script-wise it just lacks focus.

And at some point it clearly drops the Science and embraces the Fiction. The plot is then beyond salvaging and the only thing you can do is go with it and enjoy the cinematography and style.

I actually didn’t hate this movie at all. As the movie starts setting out various elements with potential I was just hoping for this to lead somewhere, but in the end it doesn’t really.

Maybe give it a go if you are a real scifi aficionado, but don’t expect to be wowed…

 

 

Transcendence (5/10)
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