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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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 to_be_announced
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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12 of 13 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 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE 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 Robinski on 7 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Forget everything that you have heard about Transcendence and see the film for yourself, Wally Pfister has earned that much in his deservedly stellar career as a Director of Photography, predominantly for Chris Nolan. His directorial debut is a complex and interesting film that asks big questions and does not take sides in examining what the answers might be. It's a beautiful film, which is to be expected, but great credit must also go to Pfister's own DP, Jess Hall, who had a big shadow to work in. Pfister has employed a very interesting cast, clearly concentrating on quality rather than name-dropping. Paul Bettany and Rebecca Hall are enthralling, transporting the viewer directly to the heart of the conflict. Kate Mara is satisfyingly determined as the foil for the scientists, and if Morgan Freeman seems under-served it should be seen as a tribute to Bettany and Hall, and to Johnny Depp. It's a real pleasure to see him acting instead of leaping from rooftops, chewing the scenery or slurring his words and smudging his mascara. Depp is highly effective as the 'man' at the centre of the plot, and his understated performance serves the story well. Clearly, there has been a critical backlash against the film, not as vitriolic as that which torpedoed John Carter, but equally undeserved. Transcendence perhaps presages its reception in reminding us that people distrust what they don't understand, but Pfister's excellent film deserves at least the attempt from its audience, and any effort to examine the narrative will be rewarded. It might be said that the film feels longer than it is, arguably because it does not repeat the derivative structure of so many blockbusters, and Pfister and writer Jack Paglen should be commended for that.Read more ›
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