For one hundred and thirty thousand years, our capacity to reason has remained unchanged. The combined intellect of the neuroscientists, mathematicians and engineers pales in comparison to the most basic A.I. Once online, a sentient machine will quickly overcome the limits of biology; in a short time, its analytic power will become greater than the collective intelligence of every person born in the history of the world. Some scientists refer to this as the Singularity. I call it Transcendence.” – Dr. Will Caster

As Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp ) works toward his goal of creating an omniscient, sentient machine that will transcend the abilities of the human brain a radical anti-technology organization RIFT coordinate an attack on AI labs all across the country, killing scientists and destroying years and years of research. Caster shot with a poisoned bullet faces the end until his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany) upload his consciousness into a computer, but is what emerges really Will Caster? This Drama, Sci-Fi , Mystery, Thriller does have a lot going on but it’s not overly engaging, it’s a good watch but I personally did not find it very though provoking. There were moments that did make me ponder, even made me feel a little sad but my thoughts where focused on a personal level of what it would mean for me or how would it feel. It gains points for not turning into the mess of hyper technological mess that the later matrix movies became, concentrating more on the artificial/hyper intelligence of the machine and nanotechnology. It also gets points for not being overly political, well it didn’t feel it to me anyway, the story for me focused on the relationship of Will and Evelyn Caster and how they both will stop at nothing to be together.

Why did I chose this movie, well because it looked like the big Si-Fi/Drama/Thriller movie that I enjoy. It was a sound enough story and it was good to see Jonny Depp out of makeup and still looking handsome. Seriously how can that man look good even with hair that looks like it has been combed with a wooden spoon? The characters felt real enough they helped balance the tone of all the heavy science with realistic reactions to situations. In many ways the characters took the edge off all that science and allowed you to concentrate on their story rather than that of the techno-babble that was the science behind it all. It’s a good enough watch but it was not the big blockbuster I was expecting, I would still say go have a watch it is entertaining!

My Rating: B
Format: Cinema (Cineworld: Edinburgh)
I Would Buy This Movie


One thought on “Transcendence

  1. CMrok93 says:

    Nice review. Has so many ideas it tools around with, yet, it never seems to fully develop enough to where it makes perfect sense. That said, it was interesting where it went most of the time. Just wish it was done better.

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