review: transcendence (2014)

This far-fetched tale starring Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall was pretty captivating to watch. Transcendence captivated me throughout the entire 119 minutes of screentime, and I was pretty pleased at the end of it.

Synopsis (IMDB): A scientist’s drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.

Johnny Depp as an AI genius in Transcendence.

Johnny Depp as an AI genius in Transcendence.

This was one of those movies in which you don’t quite understand what all the characters are talking about (unless you are a super genius), but catch the general gist of all the technical/made up stuff and know enough to move forward with the story. While not quite on Inception‘s level, it was pretty profound. There was one moment while watching however, where I was really believing the story and getting into it, when my dad suddenly asked me what was happening. After explaining the concept to him, listening to the words coming out of my own mouth made me realize how absurd and ridiculous the entire situation was and kind of tainted the story for me a little – but not too much.

Rebecca Hall as Evelyn Caster.

Rebecca Hall as Evelyn Caster.

Rebecca Hall as Evelyn Caster did a great job in carrying out an emotional performance throughout the film, balancing out Depp, as the “mad scientist” Will Caster, who spent the majority of the time being a computer program. I must say however, it made for an extremely creepy image when Depp’s face was suddenly plastered everywhere you looked – on screens, on walls – everywhere. As a student in tech, who usually loves new creations in technology and all things AI, the images in this film got to me at some point. Computers are scary.



All-in-all, it was a pretty good watch. It may not be for some people, you really have to be into this sort of thing, and definitely have to be in the mood for it. If you are more in the mood for a light, casual watch after a rough day at work, maybe don’t watch this. Wait until you can fully immerse yourself into something.

Final note, movies are really affecting my life. My two favourite words at the moment are “transcend” and “divergent”. They are just so great. Is that wrong?

Last last note, Depp is looking more and more like himself these days – it’s interesting seeing him without 1000 layers of makeup on.

just my rating: ★★★★

Other reviews on Transcendence:
Glagahs – Transcendence vs. Batman Beyond: Lost Soul
Eric Robert Nolan – What if SkyNet arose from the mind of just one guy? Would it be GuyNet?
Fahrenheit 406 – Transcendence (2014)


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