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Film Reviews: Transcendence (2014)

Transcendence (2014). Written by Jack Paglen and directed by Wally Pfister. The film is told in flashback from a future 5 years hence where there is little in the way of electrical power or electronics. 5 years prior Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is working on artificial intelligence (AI), along with a number of other teams. A terrorist group that fear AI will destroy humanity carry out a co-ordinated attack against all the groups. Many of them are killed, and Caster is shot with a bullet that's laced with polonium. With weeks left to live, Caster's wife (Rebecca Hall) suggests they upload his memories into a prototype AI. For me, the two main problems with Transcendence were a weak story and average direction and acting. The story tries to tackle a number of issues, and hints at interesting ideas, but ends up having no bite. Depp and others mostly seem like they're going through the motions. The concoction isn't awful, just more straight-to-video barely OK. Those with a bent for science fiction and nothing better to watch might want to give it a whirl. 3/5 (Average)
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