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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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Wally Pfister

Writer:

Jack Paglen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Will Caster
Rebecca Hall ... Evelyn Caster
Paul Bettany ... Max Waters
Cillian Murphy ... Agent Buchanan
Kate Mara ... Bree
Cole Hauser ... Colonel Stevens
Morgan Freeman ... Joseph Tagger
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Martin
Cory Hardrict ... Joel Edmund
Falk Hentschel ... Bob
Josh Stewart ... Paul
Luce Rains ... Roger
Fernando Chien ... Heng
Steven Liu Steven Liu ... Chiu
Xander Berkeley ... Dr. Thomas Casey
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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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Dr. Will Caster is dying to keep a secret See more »


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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transcendence: Identidad virtual See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,886,386, 20 April 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,022,309

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,322,309
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2.35 : 1
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Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Josh Stewart, Lukas Haas, and Casting Director John Papsidera all previously worked with Wally Pfister, on the films he shot for Christopher Nolan. See more »

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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 »

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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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Transcendence is a mediocre, but not boring, sci-fi film
26 June 2014 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

For better or for worse, Transcendence ended up being exactly like I expected: a simplified and improbable approach to the ideas proposed by futurists such as Raymond Kurzweil and Vernon Vinge since the '70s. The ideas are good, but as it always does, Hollywood determines the fact that the most important event in the history of humanity must be subject to a generic romance in order to bring it emotional validity. Otherwise, the audience wouldn't be interested. Nix! While I was watching Transcendence, it made me angry because of all the things it copies, and on top of that, it copies them badly. But on the other hand, I found Transcendence a moderately entertaining technological fable with an important warning against out-of- control science, even though at the same time, it lacks of enough ingenuity in order to classify it as "serious" science fiction. On the positive side, the actors make a good work in their characters, which were created following Hollywood's mold: they are all good-looking. I think that the day someone reaches the "singularity" in the real world, those people are going to look more similar to the cast of the TV series Silicon Valley: "weirdos" and misfits. But instead of that, we have Johnny Depp as the archetypal rebel scientist with glasses (to reflect intelligence) and with the hair expertly disheveled (to indicate his casual greatness). Morgan Freeman plays the clichéd mentor with abundant sensibility and wisdom; and Rebecca Hall is the selfless wife who maintains endless conversations with "green-screen" settings, while she applies her considerable talent to express the surprise and the fear the screenplay isn't able to generate. Director Wally Pfister made a decent work, avoiding the film to derail under the weight from its own grandiloquence, and preserving the gravity of the situation despite the simplistic twists from the screenplay (if this movie had been made in the 20th century, everything would have been solved with an atomic bomb; but since we are in the 21st century, the only solution can be a digital virus). The concepts of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and "technological singularity" have been handled with genuine intelligence in various novels (such as The Diamond Age, Blood Magic and William Gibson's "Bridge Trilogy"), and they were even brilliantly satirized in Futurama (in the episodes Benderama and Overclockwise). They are undoubtedly fascinating topics, and I think they will become more relevant as our unavoidable technological dependence advances. That's why I was left disappointed by the clichés and lazy narrative from Transcendence, even though I can give a slight recommendation to it, because as I previously said, it managed to keep me moderately entertained.


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