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Transcendence (I) (2014)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  18 April 2014 (USA)
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A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Edmund
Dr. Thomas Casey


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. Written by Warner Bros.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 April 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Transcendence: Identidad virtual  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,886,386 (USA) (18 April 2014)


$23,014,504 (USA) (13 June 2014)

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James McAvoy, Tobey Maguire, Christian Bale and Jude Law were considered for one of the lead roles. See more »


When Max is in the bar drinking a shot and a beer and meets Bree for the first time, as he gets up to leave the glass with the whiskey has about an inch of whiskey in it. Max leaves and the camera cuts back to the bar and the whiskey glass is now empty. See more »


[first lines]
Max Waters: They say there's power in Boston. Some phone service in Denver. But things are far from what they were. Maybe it was all invevitable. An unavoidable collision between mankind and technology. The Internet was meant to make the world a smaller place. But it actually feels smaller without it. I knew Will and Evelyn Caster better than anyone. I knew their brillance. Their dedication to what they believed in. And to what they loved.
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Intriguing storyline which goes to the heart of human existence
18 April 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Truly the questions this film asks leave me wondering. So let's start with the film itself, as a scifi thriller, it's beautifully executed with some stunning visuals, to the extent that sometimes it has the feel of a travel advertisement. The story hangs together well, with strong central performances which keep you engaged. Some of the ethics are quite complex, and you have to ask if the machine's intent is really hostile, or is that just the interpretation characters are putting on it because they don't understand. And we fear what we do not understand. The intent here is clearly to tell a story in such a way that you walk away thinking about it. Job done. I came away thoroughly entertained, and thinking more about singularity and transcendence than I have in quite a while. If you are after a Saturday afternoon blockbuster with a lot of action, this might not be the film for you, but if you prefer your action with a little more intrigue, this is a great film.

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