Friday, April 18, 2014

Transcendence

Rated PG-13 / 1 hr 59 min / Drama - SciFi

What is it about?

Dr. Will Caster is one of the leading scientists in artificial intelligence. He and his wife Evelynn have a presentation in front of a packed house to talk about it and hopefully get more funding. After the presentation a terrorist group makes multiple attacks on the three top labs working on artificial intelligence. One of the terrorists shoots Dr. Caster, and then shoots himself. The bullet was coated with some sort of poison. Dr. Caster survives the initial attack, but the poison gives him about a month to live. He gives up on his work and waits to die. Evelynn takes a look at the research, and finds that they may be able to upload his mind into the computer.

You will like it if... 

You like SciFi movies that attempt to address deeper issues. The acting is decent throughout anchored by Depp and Rebecca Hall. The special effects are good. The script does it's best to tackle the question, but I kept waiting for the conflict to escalate. It never does. What starts off as a speculative film that asks a question usually found in science fiction novels, deteriorates into a drama about the relationship of a husband and wife. The movie is interesting up to the end, but ends up disappointing. If you must see it I suggest waiting for it to come out on Redbox.


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