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‘Transcendence’ a bland, low-key, and ultimately silly techno-thriller

2 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Jack Paglen

Directed by Wally Pfister

United Kingdom, China, and USA, 2014

It’s been more than a decade since Johnny Depp moved from being a bundle of quirky nerves in the body of a heartthrob to a full-fledged movie star, and it may be the worst thing that happened to his career. Depp’s Mvp-like turn as the louche Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was stunning to audiences worldwide; he managed to appear in a big-budget blockbuster based on a theme-park attraction without seemingly selling out, crafting an utterly daffy and instantly iconic character. And in many ways, it has been Depp’s creative undoing. He’s able to choose whatever projects he wants now, as many of his bigger films are prone to grossing a billion dollars at the box office, even the garish Alice in Wonderland. »

- Josh Spiegel

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Film Review: Meditative ‘Transcendence’ Also Artificially Intelligent

5 hours ago | | See recent news »

Chicago – The Internet is for real in “Transcendence”, a B-movie with grade-a production quality, loaded with terabyte-size open-ended questions, so long as one can accept it lastly with a scientific mindset.

It is a film that perceives technology to be more expansive than a box of wires and computer chips, and actualizes the expanse of the internet as limitless to the realm of spiritual.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

It is a film that perceives technology to be more expansive than a box of wires and computer chips, and actualizes the expanse of the internet as limitless to the realm of spiritual.

Like the notion of naming a wide-release film “Heaven Is for Real”, the experience of “Transcendence” depends greatly on believing the possibility of the philosophies within the film, and with more meditative state about what an internet connection can really achieve. Its hyper reality is to be accepted, do-or-discard. For some, it »

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Review: Transcendence

6 hours ago | | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: When Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is fatally wounded in an assassination attempt, his wife (Rebecca Hall) and research partner (Paul Bettany) decide to upload his consciousness into a super computer. Thus, Will is reborn as a sentient machine with near limitless power. But is it still Will, or has his humanity been lost forever? Review: Considering former Dp turned director Wally Pfister.s long association with Christopher Nolan . credited here as an executive producer . one »

- Chris Bumbray

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Box office preview: Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' heads for an Earth-bound debut

10 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Johnny Depp is back in theaters this weekend for the first time since last summer’s The Lone Ranger – but his $100 million sci-fi thriller Transcendence isn’t the only movie with a shot at the box office crown. There’s strong competition from both last week’s champ Captain America: Winter Soldier and the animated Rio 2, which could get an additional boost from kids who aren’t school-bound on Good Friday. The inspirational Heaven Is for Real and the profane A Haunted House 2 are also in the running.

Here’s how the weekend could go:

1. Rio 2 »

- Adam Markovitz

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Review: Transcendence

12 hours ago | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Wally Pfister has spent almost fifteen years as Christopher Nolan's go-to cinematographer. From Memento to The Dark Knight Rises, he's been behind the camera capturing incredible action-packed movies. For his directorial debut he chose a cyberthriller and packed it with terrific actors, even getting Nolan to serve as an executive producer. This is all quite an impressive pedigree for a first-time director, but it's also why the finished project, the movie Transcendence, feels so disappointing. 

The story begins in the not-too-distant future with Max Waters (Paul Bettany) wandering around the chaotic streets of Berkeley, California. We learn there is no power and the phones are down thanks to an "unavoidable collision" of mankind and technology. After spending just a few moments in this dystopia, we flash back five years to try and understand why. Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall play Will and Evelyn Caster, a research team and loving »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Transcendence Review

12 hours ago | | See recent news »

Much like its digitized main character, Transcendence has a cold, distant personality that might understand how humans act but can't comprehend how they feel.  It's not too difficult to explore the dangers of a man being consumed by technology.  That story goes all the way back to the tale of Icarus.  It may feel relevant due to our investment in the Internet and the distance we create every day by putting our lives online rather than forging real personal connections, but Wally Pfister's directorial debut sticks to a path where other films have gone before.  The movie still asks worthwhile questions, but they're never elevated beyond dorm-room level philosophy.  Additionally, these questions overshadow the characters, who are reduced to pieces of a conversation we've already had before. Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), and their friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany) are all at the forefront of artificial intelligence research. »

- Matt Goldberg

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‘Transcendence’ Review: More Sci-Why Than Sci-Fi

12 hours ago | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

If nothing else, Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut deserves points for trying to be big science fiction that’s utterly uninterested in robots, laser beams or future dystopian societies populated with spunky teenage girls. Instead, Transcendence wants to tackle ideas as grand as what it means to be human, the destructive (and redemptive) power of love and the ethical limits of technology. But wanting to do something and actually following through on those intentions are two very different things. Will Caster’s (Johnny Depp) research into artificial intelligence is on the cusp of a major breakthrough, but while his wife (Rebecca Hall), his best friend (Paul Bettany) and the subscribers of Wired magazine are excited by the possibilities, not everyone is as happy. The anti-technology movement acts with a decisive, multi-target attack leaving dozens of scientists and keyboard jockeys dead and Will barely clinging to life. The decision is made to “save” his life by uploading his »

- Rob Hunter

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‘Transcendence’ Review

15 hours ago | | See recent Screen Rant news »

In Transcendence, Johnny Depp plays Will Caster, the top mind in the field of artificial intelligence. After an important lecture about the future of A.I. research, Will finds himself the target of an assassination attempt by R.I.F.T., an anti-tech terrorist group led by the enigmatic Bree (Kate Mara). The R.I.F.T. attack on Will leaves him facing a radiation poisoning death sentence; unable to let her partner in life and science simply slip away, Will’s wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) recruits their best friend Max (Paul Bettany) for an impossible experiment: trying to download Will’s consciousness into an A.I. template, before his body gives out.

Evelyn and Max succeed against all odds, but their joy is short-lived: the A.I. version of Will has an insatiable thirst for ...

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- Kofi Outlaw

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Johnny Depp Transcends His New Sci-Fi Stinker, ‘Transcendence’

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Johnny Depp remains one of the most puzzling and intriguing actors on the scene today. His latest film, “Transcendence,” won’t do a thing to change that perception. He delves into the science fiction mystery thriller with typical Depp intensity–profound, curious and 100 percent engaging. The movie marks the feature film directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (“Inception,” “Dark Knight”), who works with a stellar cast that includes Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cilliam Murphy, Cole Hauser and Morgan Freeman. [...] »

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Johnny Depp, Director Wally Pfister and Writer Jack Paglen Talk Transcendence, Artificial Intelligence, the Frankenstein Archetype, Black Mass, and More

15 hours ago | | See recent news »

In the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister, Transcendence tells the story of Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), the most prominent researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, whose controversial work has made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists.  When tragedy strikes, Will’s wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), takes drastic measures that have unimaginable consequences. During a conference at the film’s press day, actor Johnny Depp, director Wally Pfister and screenwriter Jack Paglen talked about Artificial Intelligence and technology, the presence of the Frankenstein archetype, making this film with a first-time director with a script from a first-time screenwriter, whether Will Caster is a bad guy, whether there’s a line you shouldn’t cross, even if it’s for love, and the poetic imagery of the film.  Depp also talked about why he wanted to take on James “Whitey” Bulger for the upcoming feature film Black Mass. »

- Christina Radish

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Transcendence Review

15 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Transcendence is a visually impressive film sporting perfectly framed shots and wondrous staging, as veteran cinematographer Wally Pfister transitions into his first directorial role, but while cameras capture every moment with graceful whimsy, Pfister struggles to bring life to this techno thriller beyond captivating aesthetics. As a cinematographer, it wasn’t Wally’s job to ensure characters exhibited life, or to curate a narrative story that seamlessly flows from scene to scene – a lesson unfortunately learned the hard way. What starts as a looming, informative warning for our technologically obsessed social doomsday machine ends up being nothing but a convoluted love story between some computer program and a widow in denial. Transcendence could have been a more grounded version of the Terminator movies, but ends up being a two hour long public service announcement about The Evil Internet that’s about as entertaining as reading binary code.

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- Matt Donato

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Transcendence: 'A sleek but insubstantial thriller' first look review

16 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This cautionary tale of artificial intelligence suffers from telling an overly familiar story, while the life drains out of 'digitized Oz' Johnny Depp

One of the things that tell us that Johnny Depp has ascended to the first rank of movie stars is that he gets to speak in his own peculiar, hybridised accent. A lot of movie actors from the Golden era forged their own unique vocal patents, from Cary Grants transatlantic mockney to Kate Hepburns high society bray; towards the end of his career, Brando slipped in and out of the British accent he first perfected for Mutiny on the Bounty as if donning a favored pair of slippers. Depp, ever the Brando fan, seems to be following similar course. In his new movie Transcendence, which was directed by Christopher Nolans cinematographer Wally Pfister, and produced by Nolan, Depp plays Dr Will Castor, a rockstar AI scientist with tortoise-shell glasses, »

- Tom Shone

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'Transcendence' Review: 10 Things to Know About the Johnny Depp Sci-Fi Movie

18 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

We are obsessed with technology. This much is true. Between our cell phones and tablets and home computers and whatever else we have in our home that whirs, beeps, or produces faint electromagnetic waves, it sometimes feels like we have a more intimate relationship with our things than the people in our lives. And this has long been the realm of speculative science fiction, which wonders what would happen if that love affair with technology turned really, really dark.

The latest example of this is Warner Bros' new sci-fi epic "Transcendence," which is about the nature of humanity and all of the cumbersome fleshiness that goes with it, and concerns a mad scientist (Johnny Depp) who, after getting poisoned by a radioactive bullet (don't ask) has his consciousness uploaded to a computer which results, of course, in some unintended consequences.

"Transcendence" aims to be a genre-defining, soul-searching movie like "Blade Runner" or "Her. »

- Drew Taylor

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Johnny Depp hopes for a better tomorrow

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Los Angeles, April 17: Actor Johnny Depp is concerned about the world's current affairs and hopes for a better future.

In recent times, Hollywood actors are becoming increasingly aware of the issues that the world is facing. Especially the actors who have been a part of films based far in the future.

"If you turn on the TV and see the horrors that are happening to people in the world, there's no better time to have hope," Depp said in statement expressing his fears.

The actor plays scientist Will Caster in sci-fi film "Transcendence" that is set to release in India April 18.

Co-produced by Christopher Nolan, the movie is directed by Wally Pfister and also stars Morgan Freeman and Rebecca Hall.

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- Meeta Kabra

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Transcendence Review Roundup: Is Johnny Depp's Film Worse Than Dial-Up Internet? Here's What the Critics Said...

16 April 2014 7:45 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Johnny Depp's latest film may give you the same feelings you had while waiting for your dial-up Internet to connect. Transcendence hits theaters this weekend, but you may not be rushing to see the actor on the big screen if you take the critics' reviews to heart. While many were hoping for an algorithmic adventure served on a technological platter by director Wally Pfister, they instead found themselves pretty bored with the plot. But you don't have to take our word for it. See what the critics had to say about Depp and Rebecca Hall's latest project. "Like a snazzy new laptop that immediately heats up and stops working, this exploration of our reliance upon technology—and »

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Press Conference Interview With The Cast, Writer And Director Of Transcendence

16 April 2014 7:16 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Transcendence marks the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, who is best known for being the longtime cinematographer of Christopher Nolan. The film stars Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster, an artificial intelligence observer who is looking to create a machine which possesses sentience and collective intelligence. But when he is targeted by an extremist group that opposes technological evolution, Will is forced to download his mind into a computer in order to save his life. The procedure works, but those closest to him are mixed on the outcome: Is it still Will Caster in there, or is it someone else? Whoever it is, he is gaining more and more power and putting the world in increasing peril.

It was a star studded event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California last weekend when the cast, writer and director of Transcendence arrived for a press conference. Among those there were director Wally Pfister, »

- Ben Kenber

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Transcendence's Johnny Depp Shares A Weird Story About Chinese Quadruplets And 3 Other Gems

16 April 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Since beginning his career back in the mid-80s, Johnny Depp has proven to be one of the most talented, enigmatic actors working in Hollywood. He.s done everything from animated features, to big action-adventure blockbusters, to Oscar-centric drama, and is without question among the most popular actors in the world. And this weekend his fans will be able to see his latest: the new sci-fi thriller Transcendence. Directed by first-time filmmaker Wally Pfister, the new movie stars Depp as Dr. Will Caster, a brilliant man and leading mind in the research of artificial intelligence and the creation of a sentient computer. When Will becomes the target of a luddite terrorist organization known as Rift, however, he, his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and his partner Max (Paul Bettany) are left with a choice: either Will.s mind can die along with his body, or they can try and upload it »

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Transcendence – Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, Cillian Murphy

16 April 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Directed by: Wally Pfister Written by: Jack Paglen Main Cast: Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, Cillian Murphy, and others Past Oscar relations: Pfister won Best Cinematography for Inception and Morgan Freeman won Best Supporting Actor for Million Dollar Baby Here now we have the next article in this series on 2014 contenders hoping to compete for Oscar attention at the Academy Award ceremony in 2015. Next up is Dp turned filmmaker Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, which hopes to more or less establish Pfister as the next Christopher Nolan (especially since he’s Nolan’s longtime cinematographer), though that may be a somewhat overly optimistic ambition. There’s clearly a bit of Nolan in Pfister though, so we’ll see. He’s got a top notch cast in place here, including Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman (a Nolan veteran), Cole Hauser, »

- Joey Magidson

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'Transcendence' (2014) Movie Review

16 April 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The idea behind Transcendence is big, ambitious and nearly impossible to pull off in a two hour feature film. For a logic-based narrative such as this one it becomes troubling when it ends up with logic flaws of its own, largely as a result of the film's running time as it would take nearly four hours or one thousand pages to properly set this story up so critical audiences wouldn't ask questions such as, "Why hasn't the government noticed this yetc" However, it's the underlying fabric of this story, the questions it poses about our future, that I found compelling, even if the characters and scenarios involved are a little hokey and ridiculous. Transcendence takes a look at "what's next" for humanity, with the increasing influence of technology in our lives, and how it will be used in the future, driving the narrative. Looking into the idea of what's next »

- Brad Brevet

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'Transcendence' Review Roundup: Mind-Blowing, or Just Brain-Dead?

16 April 2014 9:56 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Reviews are in for Wally Pfister's directorial debut "Transcendence," the ambitious sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp as a scientist whose efforts to create the ultimate artificial intelligence machine land him square in the middle of an ideological war. Hopes were high for this one because Pfister, though a first-time director, has worked as cinematographer on all of Christopher Nolan's films (and he won an Oscar in 2011 for "Inception"). Consensus is far off, but with 12 reviews and 25% on the Tomatometer -- and a Metacritic score of 40 with seven reviews -- in general, critics haven't been too kind to the costly film. Costarring Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara and Morgan Freeman, "Transcendence" hits theaters this Friday, April 18 via Warner Bros. Here are a few snippets from the reviews so far. (Trailer below.) Indiewire's Eric Kohn admires the film, but with reservations: At its worst, "Transcendence" is a messy, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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