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Transcendence (2014)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, 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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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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What if a new intelligence was born? 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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Paul Bettany and Rebecca Hall worked together once before in Iron Man 3 (2013). Oddly enough, Bettany played an A.I. in that film. See more »

Goofs

A Turing-complete A.I. with the capabilities of that depicted within this movie would require storage space of the magnitude of Petabytes, if not Exabytes. When Evelyn hastily uploads the "Will" consciousness to the Internet, the process takes only a matter of a few seconds (and this over a satellite Internet connection.) To actually upload such an amount of data using the best (as of 2016) fiber-optic Internet connection would in fact take years, if not decades. 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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Referenced in Spiralmind (2014) See more »

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Written by Jorma Kaukonen
Performed by Jorma Kaukonen
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People Are Afraid of Things They do not Understand
27 July 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In New York, Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is one of the three most brilliant scientists in the research of Artificial Intelligence. He works with his beloved wife and also scientist Evelyn Caster (Rebecca Hall) and his best friend is Dr. Max Waters (Paul Bettany). Dr. Caster is forced to go to a lecture to raise funds for their research but a group of anti-technology terrorists attack him and the two other authorities in the field of AI. Dr. Caster is poisoned and has only one month of life. When Will is near to death, Evelyn discusses with Max the possibility of transferring his emotions to the AI and they decide to try. They seem to be well succeeded, but they are attacked by the terrorists commanded by Bree (Kate Mara) that destroy the facility and Evelyn releases Dr. Caster's "soul" in the Internet to save him. Soon Dr. Caster controls the worldwide system and with his increasing knowledge, he changes human biology and the environment becoming an omnipresent power. But people are afraid of things they do not understand and Dr. Caster is considered a threat to the world that shall be destroyed.

"Transcendence" is a sci-fi film with a promising premise, great cinematography, good performances and special effects but with a poorly written story with messy characters. Bree, for example, is a terrorist responsible for the death of Dr. Caster and his colleagues and for jump the gun and release Dr. Caster in the Internet by Evelyn to save him from her direct attack. In the end, she works with FBI Agent Buchanan (Cillian Murphy) and Joseph Tagger (Morgan Freeman). A subject of this magnitude should have been discussed by the Powers that Be, and not by a simple FBI agent, an outmoded scientist and a terrorist. I could write many other inconsistencies in the story, but better off let the viewer conclude by himself (or herself). My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Transcendence - A Revolução" ("Transcendence – The Revolution")


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Release Date:

18 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,886,386, 20 April 2014

Gross USA:

$23,022,309

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,039,258
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