- Transcendence review by RP
Despite the poor reviews that this film received from the critics, I was hoping for something better. But no - this is disappointing stuff.
There are several big ticket names on the cast list, but the one who might at first appear to be the lead - Johnny Depp - is really only there for the first 20 minutes or so. So the characterisation is unclear. The end of the film - the downfall of modern computer / Internet based civilisation - is shown at the start of the film, so frankly there are no surprises. And the entire central premise of the film, that man is at risk from a powerful artificial intelligence, has been worked over so, so many times in pulp fiction from the 1940s and 1950s onwards.
The film was pretty to watch but overlong at just under 2 hours. And the technical issues dealt with in the film are frankly, quite silly. AI research? Silly. Nanotechnology? Silly. Computer viruses? Silly. Even the Faraday cage built at the start of the film was incorrect. Ah well - I suppose getting things 'right' might make for a boring film...
Nope, didn't like it - just too silly for me. 2/5 stars.
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Not the best for J D
- Transcendence review by NC
J D always holds the lens quite well, and Morgan usually does pretty good, but let down a bit by the semi Marvel comics aspect. Bit too incredible to be plausible, and nut quirky enough to be clever.
So refreshing to have Paul Bettany trying to make it work as well. Great to actually hear the English language on film again, spoken clearly and with diction. A rare commodity...........
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Fascinating sci-fi thriller
- Transcendence review by Alphaville
Critics of this film seem to be put off by its lack of cutting-edge science. Doesn’t seem to affect their view of other superhero films, which is effectively what this film is. Johnny Depp’s mind is uploaded into a computer and uses the internet to evolve and… No spoilers here. Go with it and this is a real ride, with a racing plot directed with verve by first-timer Wally Pfister, otherwise known for his work as director of photography on Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi films.
It’s an impressive debut that sweeps you along breathlessly on an increasingly outlandish and exciting journey. Sure you could question its believability, but why let that get in the way of a great watch. Ignore the nay-sayers. Compared to the over-rated mind-swap film Possessor, this is a real MOVIE.
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