Transcendence is a sci-fi about Dr. Will Caster who is a scientist and at the forefront in the field of Artificial Intelligence research. He is working to create a robot that has human emotions and has the intelligence of everything ever known. The movie is about uploading a man’s brain into a computer and the computer turns against everyone.
His experiments is highly controversial and made him very famous, but also made him the target of a group of anti-technology extremists. However, in their attempt to destroy Dr Caster, the group inadvertently becomes the catalyst for the controversial scientist to succeed; to be a participant in his own transcendence and nothing is going to stop the scientist in his quest.
The story is all over the map and predictable right from the first scene where a scruffy Max Waters are wandering through a destroyed city with no electricity, running water and internet. Max Waters takes us on a flashback tour before the experiments of Dr. Casper; Max and the doctor used to be friends and are the toast of the technology world. Dr. Casper was shot at a conference by the extremists where some of his colleagues were killed; he initially recovered but soon fell ill due to polonium poisoning. In order to save his life, his consciousness is uploaded to a computer by his wife and Max.
The movie is not bad but not good either where you will forget about it within a few weeks. The movie is not about reality or accuracy; the goal is to entertain and to get you to think about possibilities. The concept of the story is great however the movie is poorly executed in telling the story. Most part of the movie is slow and even dragging at times.
It is not worth watching in theaters; wait for it in DVD.
It stars Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster, Paul Bettany as Max Waters, Rebecca Hall as Evelyn and Morgan Freeman as Joseph Tagger tagger; directed by Wally Pfister and written by Jack Paglen.
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