Dr. Will Caster and his wife are leading researchers in the field of Artificial Intelligence and are on the brink of technology that will allow an AI to transcend human intelligence and be self-aware. Terrorists fearing the worst attack several development labs, terminally injuring Will in the process, leading to his consciousness being uploaded into an AI.
Johnny Depp (Will Caster), Rebecca Hall (Evelyn), Paul Bettany (Max), Cillian Murphy (Agent Buchanan), Kate Mara (Bree), Morgan Freeman (Joseph Tagger), Clifton Collins Jr. (Martin), Cole Hauser (Col. Stevens).
Transcendence launches with some character background and development alongside some mild education around Artificial Intelligence. With Will and Evelyn about to create an AI than can transcend human intelligence, a terrorist group attacks critically injuring Will. Scrambling to finish their work, Will’s consciousness is uploaded into the most advanced AI ever built. Not the most original plot but with updated CGI and technology this version of the story feels more realistic than many.
Depp delivered an unusual performance as always, starting the film with a strange accent and attitude that disappeared as his character morphed into a digital presentation which actually felt like a waste of his talents. Hall was enjoyable with good emotion and seemed to work well with both Depp and Bettany, who also did quite nicely. Mara also felt somewhat underused but delivered her usual darkness well. Freeman was enjoyable as always, along with Collins Jr. and Hauser.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good but CGI is what really made the video portion of this film. Much would have been poorly represented, if at all, without the aid of CGI that was able to show nano-technology and action visually. Dialogue was enjoyable with nice depth and detail. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
Transcendence takes a well worn storyline, applies updated CGI and technology, adds a nice cast, and delivers a reasonably entertaining sci-fi thriller. Though the film felt like it lacked emotion at times, and moved quite slowly during others, it held audience interest. Fans of the genre, and those who are able to imagine without reliance on their version of reality, will enjoy this the most.
With sci-fi action violence, blood and gore, foul language, and mild sexuality, this should be fine for teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sci-Fi Thrillers
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