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Transcendence is a mediocre, but not boring, sci-fi film
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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