Transcendence

Transcendence

Transcendence

Tech thriller starring Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman and Rebecca Hall. As scientists achieve technological singularity (the point at which artificial intelligence surpasses the intellect of humans), a radical anti-technology organisation fights to stop them. The directorial debut for Christopher Nolan's long-time cinematographer, Wally Pfister. 

2014Rating: M, Science fiction themes and violence119 minsUSA, UK
Science FictionThriller
93%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

flicks

If you’re planning to watch Transcendence simply to see Johnny Depp as nature intended (no wigs, crazy makeup or prosthetics) you might be disappointed. As Will Caster, a scientist who becomes a ghost in the machine, Depp’s performance, largely portrayed as the equivalent of a Skype call, is about as electrifying as your new iPad mini.

Great idea, patchy result

I'm fascinated with sci fi and how some writers seemingly foresee the future with their stories but this movie was patchy after starting well. Had expectations but got disappointment.

3.0

Makes you think

Clever and though provoking. What would happen if the World lost Power ?

3.0

What was everyone afraid of?

I love movies that explore the integration of human intelligence with technology. Transcendence goes the whole hog and proposes a complete uploading of human consciousness into the digital world. A little far-fetched, yes, but no less than the transporter technology of the USS Enterprise, which uploads not only the consciousness, but the entire body as...

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

The script and Pfister’s heavy, humorless direction tend to reduce everything to simplistic standoffs between good and evil.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Not even in the enjoyable realm of starkly ridiculous Cold War thrillers like "Colossus: The Forbin" Project.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A dark, lurchingly entertaining pastiche of age-old worries, future-shock jolts, hot-button topics and old-fashioned genre thrills.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Suffers from terrible timing, arriving a few months after Spike Jonze charmed audiences with his semi-futuristic love story Her.

2.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Weak... advancing a take on technology that’s more confused than ambiguous.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Pfister shows a sure hand at staging scenes, creating visuals and setting a tone.

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

flicks

If you’re planning to watch Transcendence simply to see Johnny Depp as nature intended (no wigs, crazy makeup or prosthetics) you might be disappointed. As Will Caster, a scientist who becomes a ghost in the machine, Depp’s performance, largely portrayed as the equivalent of a Skype call, is about as electrifying as your new iPad mini.

Variety

Variety

press

The script and Pfister’s heavy, humorless direction tend to reduce everything to simplistic standoffs between good and evil.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Not even in the enjoyable realm of starkly ridiculous Cold War thrillers like "Colossus: The Forbin" Project.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A dark, lurchingly entertaining pastiche of age-old worries, future-shock jolts, hot-button topics and old-fashioned genre thrills.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Suffers from terrible timing, arriving a few months after Spike Jonze charmed audiences with his semi-futuristic love story Her.

2.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Weak... advancing a take on technology that’s more confused than ambiguous.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Pfister shows a sure hand at staging scenes, creating visuals and setting a tone.

Great idea, patchy result

I'm fascinated with sci fi and how some writers seemingly foresee the future with their stories but this movie was patchy after starting well. Had expectations but got disappointment.

3.0

Makes you think

Clever and though provoking. What would happen if the World lost Power ?

3.0

What was everyone afraid of?

I love movies that explore the integration of human intelligence with technology. Transcendence goes the whole hog and proposes a complete uploading of human consciousness into the digital world. A little far-fetched, yes, but no less than the transporter technology of the USS Enterprise, which uploads not only the consciousness, but the entire body as...

3.0