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Published on April 26th, 2014 | by Allan Brown


Transcendence Review


Movie Review: Transcendence (2014)transcendence-2014-movie-poster-johnny-depp

Rating: 12A

Running Time: 119 mins

Director: Wally Pfister

Writer: Jack Paglen

Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Paul Bettany, Clifton Collins Jr, Cole Hauser





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Christopher Nolan’s right hand man and long-term cinematographer Wally Pfister (Inception, Batman Trilogy), makes his long awaited directorial début with a science fiction, thriller that promised, oh’ so much.

johnny-depp-in wheelchair as will caster in the film TranscendenceAs Dr Will Caster (Johnny Depp) verges closer to a breakthrough in super artificial intelligence technology, a rouge terrorist faction known only as RIFT, begin a series of planned attacks on science labs around the world. These assaults conclude on the assassination attempt of Dr Caster himself. Despite surviving, Caster and his medical team soon realise the radioactive poison the bullet was laced with, has left the good Dr with only weeks to live. As his body slowly deteriorates his wife (Rebecca Hall) and his partner (Paul Bettany) frantically labour on a way to upload his mind and consensuses to a computer, thus allowing him to exist and continue his research.

On the surface the film raises the age old question of humanity vs. technology and dances around the issue of what is self-awareness? If we are simply a web of electrical impulses could our consensuses live on through another means? Despite the complex questions raised, the film never tackles them head on and instead they are lost along with everything else in the endless psychobabble of its incredibly flat and tiresome script.

morgan-freeman-and cillian murphy in the movie transcendenceThen there is it fractured structure the film anxiously clings too, distancing us further from what should be a dramatic midsection. The film rides along jumping from the feasible to the absolutely implausible within the first 30 minutes. While these wild jumps into the outer limits of sci-fi work in many movies, here, the film shackles itself to certain and immediate realism from the get go, making these dramatic shifts in tangibility and believability harder to stomach as they become more and more outlandish.

Despite the stellar cast on show, the bland and underdeveloped script on which they have to draw from,  transcends into nothing more than a viscously underwhelming 119 minute yawn-fest.

Transcendence Review Allan Brown


Summary: Transcendence is sadly marred by a lifeless screenplay that is as cold and disconnected as the A.I in its narrative.


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4 Responses to Transcendence Review

  1. Fair dues mate. I watched this yesterday and am still mulling it over. Think I enjoyed it more than you but still not sure!

    • Allan Brown says:

      Thanks for stopping by. Yeh I didn’t have much time for this one at all. What started off well and with an interesting concept for me, quickly descended into a nonsense that showed no bounds.

  2. Mark Walker says:

    Solid write-up Allan. It’s sad to hear that this doesn’t really cut it. I had high hopes but, for me, Depp hasn’t really done a truly great film for quite some time. Could he be losing his touch?

    • Allan Brown says:

      While Depp isnt really at fault here for this film’s poor attempt to tell its story, I cant help but agree with you. He is a talented actor, no question there. But his choice over the past decade have essentially been the same characters rehashed again and again. I would like to see him work with more film-makers other than Tim Burton.

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