Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Transcendence (2014)

Director: Wally Pfister

Stars: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany

Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn and best friend Max Waters, both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can...but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will's thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

This movie seemed like an updated version of Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man. You have a man that his mind and emotions have been transferred into a large computer. The character of Dr. Will Caster is suppose to be really smart, but who would really want or be happy living in a computer? 
You don't have hands. That is the best part about having a body.

The pace of this movie was just too slow too many times for me. It was a decent movie, but I just did not see it as some incredible great movie that will change your life and thinking. It was just a watchable movie that looked great. I think that is what part of the hype about the movie. It was the special effects. I will admit that there are some beautifully made special effects in the movie. The movie just needed more, and I think a different cast.

I am just tired of Johnny Depp. I know I said it. He is not as good as he was. He has become more of a character than an actor. Anyone could have played the part. Morgan Freeman is always great. He has never let me down at all. I hope he never does. Paul Bettany is always fine in a movie. He is one of those actors that can morph into another person easier. He just does not stand out as himself that much.

This is one of those movies that is decent to watch, but I just did not see all of the hype that it receives. Watch it, and tell me what you think. Enjoy.

Transcendence (2014) Trailer

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