Transcendence 2014

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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.

Starring:
Johnny Depp, Kate Mara
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 59 minutes
Starring Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy
Director Wally Pfister
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 25 August 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 59 minutes
Starring Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy
Director Wally Pfister
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 25 August 2014
Main languages English

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nigel David Kelly on 11 July 2014
Format: DVD
Now if you want to watch a film where you switch your brain off and escape from the world and everything for a couple of hours (Which I do often), then this is not the movie for you. Pick something else - the latest Transformers movie? (Watched the first one and enjoyed it a lot).

This is a film which, for just about every minute of it's almost two hours, makes you think.

This isn't an action movie - it's a film about ideas. The singularity/transcendence. What is the nature of the soul/conscience? Can an artificial intelligence human still be human in every way?

These are not new ideas. But most films which have incorporated them have fallen into the old cliche that the A.I. human goes mad, becomes a psychopath and tries to take over the world or just destroy man kind. (Lawnmower Man)

I do understand why it has not been a success. Most people go to the cinema to escape - to be entertained (fair enough).

Also if you're looking for a more typical Johnny Depp film then this isn't it.

Just wanted to have a positive review of it appearing somewhere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By traintospace on 5 July 2014
Format: DVD
There’s not allot of films that I would consider my favourite after one watch, transcendence is one of those films that is a fantastic piece of film making that will be watched countless times over. This film is not a so called action film but a mix of genres mixed with loss and human emotion within a sci-fi frame. Its great to see Jonny Depp play this sort of character and he plays it very well, as the film goes on it rather makes you think about reality and the how much we are lost within technology. Some will hate this film and some will love it, I for one will put this film on a list of the great one’s that deserves praise. Well done!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Emily Wesby on 8 May 2014
Format: DVD
Firstly, just to clarify, a 5 star review doesn't mean I think it's on the same level as Star Wars or The Godfather or Alien etc etc, but I gave it 5 because I really want to encourage people to watch it since it has been extremely unfairly criticised and I believe it is a good film.

On a huge budget and with such impressive names involved it is true that this film should have been better and the narrative, as the critics have said, is a little gappy and unclear. However, I went to see this twice at the cinema (I should say that it was twice in only three days) and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. I was truly engrossed and at no point either time was I thinking "ugh when is this going to end".

The film has some very impressive visual shots and cinematography (not surprising from Wally Pfister) and a very thought provoking theme which I think has taken a new angle on what could be seen as a tired out concept of the dangers of technology. The performances are 5 star (again not surprising) and the real star of the movie is Rebecca Hall whose emotional grounding of the film gives an interesting and significant edge which separates this from just any old other humans versus technology film. (The one that comes to mind is Will Smith's I,Robot which had a similar theme of the dangers of a power hungry machine seen in the character of VIKI.)

The slightly dodgy narrative is the only problem with this film (but all in all I think it was a good effort for newbie Jack Paglan) but even that is not a major issue and this film in no way deserved such widespread panning. I did enjoy it more the second time around when I was able to understand the story line a little better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Transcendence (DVD).

(This film was recommended to me by Amazon reviewer rbmusicman).

DVD Info.
Region 2.
Ratio: 16:9/2.35 : 1
Certificate 12
Running time 119 minutes.

Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster
Rebecca Hall as Evelyn Caster
Paul Bettany as Max Waters
Kate Mara as Bree
Cillian Murphy as Donald Buchanan
Morgan Freeman as Joseph Tagger
Cole Hauser as Colonel Stevens
Clifton Collins, Jr. as Martin
Cory Hardrict as Joel Edmund
Josh Stewart as Paul

Box Office.
Budget $100 million
Box Office Gross $103,039,258

What's The Story.
Dr. Will Caster (Depp) is one of the leading scientists in the world due to his pioneering work in creating sentient artificial intelligence.

However, with fame and success comes the attention of a technophobic extremist group seeking to put an end to his work before he creates something beyond human control.

When Dr Caster is shot by a member of the group & falls victim to radiation poisoning, there is no hope for his survival, yet with the help of his wife Evelyn & friend Max, Will decides to continue his latest project by linking his mind with that of the computer & creating technology more intelligent than the collective capability of the entire human race.

While his earthly body eventually dies, Caster's mind is fully embedded within the computer & he soon begins to exercise the potential of his newly-gained power, But with this power comes great destruction which threatens the future of mankind.

Timelord Thoughts.
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