Apr 19

Transcendence – Film Review


Transcendence sees a nice star powered cast that consists of Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, and the great Morgan Freeman, and it tells the story of a brilliant Man named Will, who wants to give the world a new form A.I. Then a radical group of technology haters throws a monkey wrench in that little plan, and Will ends up getting shot, which then leads to him getting to his death bed a lot sooner than hoped. His wife then has the idea to upload his brain into the computer to see if she can keep part of him alive. It is successful, then Will has the ability to access every corner of the internet, and then begins to evolve rapidly into an unstoppable force. Only the trailer leads to believe that he is doing it for all the wrong reasons.

This movie is currently at an 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I can definitely see why. It was like the writer and the director had this great concept, but had no idea where to take it. Like I said, the trailer leads you to believe Depp becomes an evil force that needs to be stopped, but I found myself thinking the others were the evil ones. There was no character development really at all, and the characters are so bland and two dimensional. Depp phoned this role in obviously, and you think with a cast like this you would get some worthy performances.

The director of the flick is actually Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer, which does show, because some shots are beautifully filmed. He just didn’t know how to tell this story, or create characters to root for. It gets pretty convoluted, and the pacing is all over the place, which led me to be very figidy in my seat.

So I do not recommend seeing this movie, so please save your money. Go watch Captain America 2 again if you want to see a movie this weekend. Check out my video review below to hear ramble about how bad this movie is. Let me know if you saw it, and your thoughts about how they missed with this flick.

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