Movie Review: Transcendence (2014)


Scientist Will Caster (Johnny Depp) tries to revolutionize artificial intelligence by creating an omniscient machine that can demonstrate self-awareness. However, his research is in jeopardy when a group of anti-technology radicals attack computer labs all over the country and shoot Caster with a radiation laced bullet. With just weeks left to live, the only hope for continuing Will’s project is to upload his consciousness into a computer before he dies. At first his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) is overjoyed to have her husband back, even if it is just computer form. However, as this machine becomes more and more powerful, she quickly realizes the danger of what she has done and must stop it before it is too late.

What I liked

I wanted to see this movie because it had the type of plot line that really interests me, regardless of how realistic is. I really enjoyed watching how this film explored the idea of what a computer with a human consciousness would be capable of achieving. It was really fascinating and scary at the same time to think of all the potential great things that could be achieved, but also how the power could be used for destruction. The visuals throughout this movie were really well done, and I would recommend seeing it in the IMAX theater if you get the chance. I thought the cast was pretty strong as well: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Cilian Murphy, and Kate Mara. In a movie that did not have a whole lot of action until the end, good acting and visuals kept me entertained while anticipating what was going to happen.

What I didn’t like

I thought the movie started off pretty slow for a while, and found myself just wanting to know what would happen at the end. I also thought that many parts, especially towards the end, were pretty unrealistic and crazy. I could see how many people would not enjoy this movie if they were not really interested in the main story line.


IMDB: 6.5/10
RT Critics: 20%
RT Audience: 48%
My Rating: 7/10

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