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Transcendence (I) (2014)

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

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$23,014,504 (USA) (13 June 2014)
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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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I gave it 10 as it is both novel and brilliant - though if I explained why I might spoil it for you
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The writer has obviously thought about the challenge of building AI seriously. I have heard it before and will reiterate this shared insight - Transcendence (2014) is ahead of its time. In a way perhaps one's enjoyment of the film will be a function of what one most wants from a movie. If this is emotional support, intellectual ease, or philosophical certainty; then perhaps it is not the right film for you. It definitely leaves more than one door open; in the characters also. 

I did speculate over some apparent inconsistencies but these are folding the more I think about it. That is part of the fun with good movies; to try and work out why things happened the way they did. I won't detail these. I rarely rate a movie that doesn't draw me back and invite me to deconstruct it. If every single thing clicks the first time then perhaps it is too simple. I will end the review on that theme.


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