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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:
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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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Dr. Will Caster is dying to keep a secret See more »

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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2.35 : 1
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When Rebecca Hall arrives in Brightwood, there is a sign that says "everything must go". She previously starred in the movie Everything Must Go (2010). 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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Referenced in Spiralmind (2014) See more »


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Better than a lot of other movies
20 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Don't know why all the negative review about this movie, but reading their negative comment it seems to me that they expected something else and it is not delivered hence they are throwing a tantrum and choose not to enjoy the movie.

While its cons might be the lack of characters development this doesn't change the fact that the story line and concept is better than a lot of other movies and it is presented well. The story might feel a bit stretched but it give us more time to think and enjoy the development of the movie.

It doesn't show too much of the potential of an AI, nor it have a lot of actions scenes, but it does show us a lot of perspective and views on a single ideas, and what misunderstanding and doubt could do. The movie doesn't show you what is right or wrong, or which is the best solution, it only show us the thinking of each characters and the consequences from their actions.

If you love thoughts provoking movie which leave you with a lot of thinking, you will definitely like this movie.

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