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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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19 of 20 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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25 of 28 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 Kevin on 6 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
In a very good year for movies, Transcendence has been one of the year's weakest movies. But that doesn't mean I didn't like it. Quite the contrary. While the premise could have been done better, the excellent cast took it in an interesting direction. Recommended
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Scientist Will Castor is working on an artificial intelligence. When he learns that he is dying, he transfers his mind into a computer that slowly starts to take control. This is a slow but intelligent scifi thriller. Good performances from Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy and the always watchable Morgan Freeman though all involved have made better, it's a gripping film as Will starts to lose control of his humanity questioning the existence of the soul and a decent directorial debut for Wally Pfester.
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6 of 7 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The film starts out in Berkley and there is no electrical power...anywhere, perhaps. It then flashes back 5 years as there is a clash between "neo-Luddites" and those that want to create artificial intelligence. Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) has the last project that wasn't destroyed...although he himself took a bullet laced with radioactive polonium and is now dying.

Will's wife and colleague Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) has the idea of sticking an electrode in Will's brain and uploading him to the computer. Will connects to the Internet and unlocks secrets of nanotechnology. He wants to use the knowledge to cure the sick, clean the air, clean the water, regrow forests, and create an army of followers with brain implants. He would become a "God" which scares a whole bunch of people.

The special effects were decent, but not overwhelming. Johnny Depp was lifeless in his role, as are too many science fiction characters. The film asks several questions to ponder, such as how will we know when a computer has consciousness? What are the limits we will allow robots to control our lives?

The film utilizes nanotechnology, perhaps beyond its limits. There is a new generation of devices coming out using new substances such as graphene which will make everything you own obsolete. BTW, Government facilities such as depicted in the film utilizes iris scans in Top Secret areas and not simple card swipes.

This is a slow paced cerebral science fiction film that is not for everyone.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs that I recall. No nudity. Brief covered sex scene.
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