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:
Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sep 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer, turns director. His first effort is a near future science fiction thriller all about a real world subject. Over reliance on technology and the development of artificial intelligence.

The film begins with the aftermath of it's ending. Which is pretty eye catching, and very evocative. There's voice over narration from Max Waters [Paul Bettany] a man who knows better than anyone how all this came to be.

Then we flash back to find out.

Dr. Will Caster [Johnny Depp] is a leader in the field of artificial intelligence. His aim to create a machine that has all human knowledge, and human emotions with it. A group of fanatics who aren't too keen on that notion attempt to kill him.

But as he dies, his wife [Rebecca Hall] hits on the idea of uploading his mind into a computer.

Will Caster 2.0 results. A machine with human memories. And one that can control an awful lot of technology. Which could be a problem for the entire human race...

Transcendence attempts to look at some very big ideas. What it is to be human. Could a machine ever be sentient. The rate at which technology is advancing, and what happens to humanity as a result. Things like that.

It is very well directed. It does contain some very good cinematography and some very powerful imagery.

But it doesn't really work.

Because, ironically for a movie all about what it is to be human, it doesn't really have any soul. The human characters are cyphers who exist to service the needs of the story. Johnny Depp underacts [three words you might never have expected to hear in a sentence ever again] rather drastically in the lead. Well, either that or he's bored.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 2 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Have you ever looked at one of those ‘magic eye’ pictures? They’re those pictures made entirely of coloured spot and *supposedly* if you stare at them and relax your eyes in just the right way then you’ll see some magical sort of picture contained within. Well… Transcendence is a bit like one of those.

I stared at the film for nearly its two-hour runtime and I’m pretty sure there was something magical contained in there somewhere. I just wasn’t sure of what I’d seen.

For a start (in case you didn’t know) Transcendence wasn’t a commercial success. Despite it’s a-list cast (think Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman), it wasn’t that well-received. One reason – that anyone thinking of watching it should know – is that Johnny Depp’s face was used heavily in the film’s marketing. Therefore, his legions of fans naturally assumed that this was a ‘Johnny Depp film.’ It isn’t. Not really. I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to mention that he dies about twenty minutes into the film. That’s integral to the plot. For he plays a computer genius who is experimenting with artificial intelligence and, after his death, has his consciousness transferred into a machine. And, as the saying goes… with disastrous consequences.

So, what little we see (and hear) of Depp is largely his face on a computer screen throughout most of the film. And that didn’t go down too well with those people who had gone to see the film just because he was in it.

Without wishing to give too much away about the story, I thought it was quite an original idea overall. It was just executed in a bit of an odd way. You’re never really sure what sort of film you’re watching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A little surprised that the film has received a mixed bag of reviews, those that have praised the film up, are in my view
on the money.
'Dr Will Carter'(Johnny Depp) is a leader in the field of Artificial Intelligence' when gunned down by 'Technology Extremists'
he is left with just weeks to live, the bullet had been contaminated.
He doesn't want his work to be lost, he has his mind, thoughts and emotions uploaded into a super-computer system his
intention is to achieve 'Transcendence'
He's gone, or is he, the transfer of his mind has been successful, he can again communicate with his wife 'Evelyn' (Rebecca
Hall)
The results are of concern to his long-time friend 'Max Waters' (Paul Bettany) wants to shut 'Will' down, 'Evelyn' won't allow it
she's delighted to have communication with her lost husband, it's of comfort.
The extremists led by 'Bree' (Kate Mara) attempt to shut 'Will' down, they fail, they now turn to 'Max' by taking him by force,
hoping he'll assist them in-time.
'Will' instructs 'Evelyn' to build a hi-tech complex in the outskirts of a remote town nestled in the 'New Mexico' desert, 'Brightwood'
where he hopes with 'Evelyn's' help he can continue and indeed expand his work.
'Will's' prime intention is to help mankind however he also wants to reach out beyond the screens he is now locked behind.
Former associates of 'Will' - 'Joseph Tagger' (Morgan Freeman) and Agent 'Buchanan' (Cillian Murphy) visit the complex to see
'Will's' work in action, what they see troubles them.
There is a need to shut 'Will' down, before his power is absolute, will he let those who are trying do so, can what has been created be stopped.
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