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Three scientists - Max and the husband and wife team, Will and Evelyn - have been developing a programming code for the world`s first fully self-aware computer. When a group of anti-technology terrorists assassinate Will, Evelyn uploads his brain into a prototype supercomputer. Although she at first finds the experiment seems to have gone wrong, before too long Evelyn finds Will responding in computer form. She goes on to connect Will to the Internet so he can help make further scientific breakthroughs. Will asks Evelyn to connect a microphone and a camera up to the computer so he can see and speak to her as well. When the anti-technology organization finds out, they try to steal the supercomputer and destroy it, but Will no longer needs the computer to survive.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 17 Apr 2014
Genre: Action / Drama / Science Fiction
Running Time: 2 Hours
Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman
Director: Wally Pfister
Format: 2D, IMAX


Writer: Sophia Ling

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: “Her”

Earlier this year we had Scarlett Johansson as Sam in "Her", and now we have Johnny Depp transcending into another level of computer intelligence. Although some might call Wally Pfister's "Transcendence" the "Him" to Spike Jonze's "Her", the former takes way more processing power to comprehend and goes much deeper than just a human-like operating system.

"Transcendence" is the story of Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), an advocate of artificial intelligence and all things technology. After an assassination attempt, he is left with a month to live and with the help of his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), decides to upload his consciousness into a computer. During this time, a bunch of anti-tech activists decide to descend upon the couple in an effort to save humanity from a software update gone wrong.

Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut with "Transcendence". He's known for his work behind the camera in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" series and "Inception". Together with first time screenwriter, Jack Paglen, the duo of newbies created a movie that is a bit hard to swallow. The plot is awfully messy, the script is a tad cheesy and the acting was just a little too lifeless.

Rebecca Hall's performance as the confused but ever supportive wife is way above average, but Johnny Depp's sleepy performance as Dr. Will Caster is far from the roles he usually plays. Perhaps this particular instance can be forgiven since he is after all playing the role of a computer programme. Perhaps the movie could have been better if Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy had more screen time.

Nonetheless, "Transcendence" can be seen as a decent effort from a first time director and screenwriter. The idea and the talent is there, but the execution and end product falls a little short. It is hard to follow suit after the likes of "Inception" and "Her" so walk into the cinema with an open mind. The less expectations you have, the better the viewing experience.

Cinema Online, 17 April 2014
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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