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Transcendence (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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What if a new intelligence was born? 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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Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Evelyn checks into the hotel that Will reserved for her after transcending, she tells the check-in attendant that she has a reservation under the name "Turing". Alan Turing (1912-1954) was a British mathematician and computer scientist who was the inventor of the Turing Test, a process where a person communicates with a live person and a computer, without seeing, and has to figure out which one is the live person. He also developed the "Turing machine", a theoretical computing model that is the conceptual basis of digital processing. He is widely considered to be one of the fathers of computing in general, and artificial intelligence in particular. See more »


When Will Caster is leaving the hospital and brought out in a wheelchair, he is wearing a hospital scrub for his shirt. This is highly unlikely because hospitals issue examination robes, not doctor's scrubs, to patients. Hospitals guard their supply of scrubs and keep them in doctor's changing rooms, not in the ER or patient rooms. 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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Written by Jorma Kaukonen
Performed by Jorma Kaukonen
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User Reviews

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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