119 Min | Drama – Mystery | April 2014
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Director: Wally Pfister
Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman
Transcendence Review: Transcendence is Wally Pfister’s directorial debut about Dr. Will Caster, who has his mind transferred into the largest supercomputer on the face of the planet after he is shot by an anti-AI activist at a conference. But, as Will begins to grow and expand, can his wife Evelyn and Will’s friends stop him before the Will they knew is completely gone? Transcendence has a fantastic story and great concepts, but the way it was delivered and structured was incredibly poor and muddled. If you split the film in half instead of thirds, the second half of the film is incredible and ends how it should, but the first half suffers from time gaps, some left out character development and poor pacing. But, this is really all that’s bad.
The decent but disappointing aspects of the film are the ideas. The film pitches grand and epic thoughts that grow, but the ideas it preaches are never fully realized, at least the majority of them. Then, the script by Jack Paglen suffered from inconsistencies and random plot elements that did not really need to be there, or should have been examined further (like RIFT).
Transcendence is an actually good movie that deserves more credit than the immense crap it’s getting. And to those who keep comparing it to the B-movie “Lawnmower Man,”it’s different. Sure, there are brief similarities (melding man with machine), but that’s it. It’s an original take on the “technology-will-destroy-humanity” cautionary tale, and it’s a disturbing one that does have some hopeful (and resonating) humanity after the mayhem and chaos has settled.