Flash Movie Review: Transcendence

I would not say it is an irrational fear; it is more of a mistrust I have of computers. Sure when they do what they are supposed to do they can be wonderful; but, when they do not function properly, they can be a nightmare. I do not understand how a computer can follow the same procedure ever day then all of a sudden one day it cannot perform it. This drives me crazy. I used to work at a company where the corporate offices did very little of their daily requirements on a computer. The owner never wanted to see the departments’ routines come to a standstill due to a power outage or computer virus. I could understand the reasoning behind such actions because I have worked at companies where their entire operations were done by computers. It made things easier in some ways but when the computers would go down, the entire company would come to a complete stop. Do not get me wrong, computers certainly have enhanced our lives; but at what cost? This dramatic mystery movie delved into the possibilities of what the computer could do to elevate the life of mankind. Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger, The Tourist) played Will Caster, one of the most respected researchers in the field of artificial intelligence. With his wife Evelyn and fellow researcher Max Waters, played by Rebecca Hall (Closed Circuit, The Prestige) and Paul Bettany (Margin Call, Inkheart), working alongside him; Will was working to create a machine that would have self-awareness. There would be no limits to the advancements that would benefit mankind…or would there be? This science fiction movie had a sharp, cool look to it. I liked the premiss of the story and felt it was relevant since we now have operating systems that verbally communicate with us. The cast which also included Morgan Freeman (Last Vegas, Million Dollar Baby) as Joseph Tagger and Kate Mara (Transsiberian, The Open Road) as Bree were solid but the script did not allow them to excel at their craft. Johnny Depp was actually the weak one out of the group. There were some parts, like Bree’s scenes with members of her gang, that did not make much sense due to the lack of back story. I thought the director’s pacing in this film was quite poor; I sat through passages where I was just bored. One could say this film created by humans was ironic since it had the emotions of a computer.


1 3/4 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 21, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. aguywithoutboxers

    Thanks for the preview! 🙂

  2. great review (again) and loved the ending zinger….
    “since it had the emotions of a computer….”
    you are so good with these reviews and with words….

  3. Mara’s strictly tv-grade material. Sort of a dirty brunette pixie that needs to use soap. This is supposed to be her jump from House of Cards, where she was executed nicely. I don’t see her rising further except as a frequent face among many, at the most. There are several, similar to her. Only the little gal from Harry Potter will probably be successful.
    I liked your ending zinger also.

    • Marc, talk about zingers in your second sentence. lol I agree with you; I think Emma Watson from Harry Potter fame will have a long and successful career. Thanks for sharing your views.

  4. Theatre of Pain

    You may not want to admit it but you know that computer will one day rise up against mankind as our new overlords. 😉

    I do want to see this movie but as with most, it will be a Redbox or Netflix rental. I’ve seen a couple of trailers for it and your review confirms my suspicions that it is one of those movies with a lot of potential but still manages to miss the mark.

    I will go into it with lowered expectations and may be be pleasantly surprised or maybe not. Either way, it’s better than going into a movie with high hopes after hearing how great it is and leaving disappointed wondering what all the hype was about.

    • You are preaching to the choir, I try never to hype a movie unless it is something that truly moves me. And regards to computers taking over mankind, wasn’t that done in The Matrix? lol Thanks for the comments.

      • Theatre of Pain

        You know 50 years ago, the idea of being able to have a video conversation from your wrist was science fiction too. lol And yes, we lost in The Matrix, Terminator and a few others. Thank goodness Will Smith was there to save us in I, Robot. haha.

  5. Boy, was this film a major disappointment. Good review.

  6. Great review. I must say that this has never looked awfully compelling to me.

  7. Well my husband brought it home from RedBox today. I searched your site for the review (I found it obviously!) and now I know not to have any high hopes for this one… I’ll have to let him know I have a reputable source for movie reviews before he makes an impulse movie rental on a Friday night, LOL!

  8. Well I am certainly glad we only paid 1.50 for that train wreck. And the end certainly left me wanting…something more? I usually enjoy movies with Johnny Depp in them. I’ll be sure to look for your reviews for any other movies we rent, FIRST!

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