Monday, April 28, 2014
Its been called clever by the critics, but is that enough?
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?
I find it truly pathetic how many people are hating on this movie, and for some of the wrong reasons. I did go into this movie with high expectations and was disappointed, but there was still a lot to salvage from that was good. But first thing's first: the bad. 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. -alan clark
When I first saw the trailer to this movie, I had thought, “This is either going to be really awesome or extremely terrible.” Unfortunately for me, it was worse than extremely terrible. It was boring and very slow paced, not compelling even in the slightest, and most of all, fucking dumb. I was really hoping the ‘so bad it’s good’ factor would play in at some point but, my salvation never came (even though the CGI Depp face did give me a few chuckles). What the hell is wrong with Johnny Depp? He used to make good films, that is, until the hack Tim Burton fucked with his career by putting him into bullshit remakes of already decent films. Now it seems like Depp will make anything that might look good in theory, but in practice looks like garbage…or in other words: Transcendence. Let me put it this way, I took a snooze for a good 10-15 minutes during this suckfest and STILL knew what was going on in the film! What a fucking bore.-drex
Transcendence. Transcendingly draggy but cinematography’s pretty good. Still, surprisingly there’s much love in this movie that it transcends certain borders.-radley
STORYLINE: Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can...but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will's thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.
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