Transcendence (2014)

 transcendence“For one hundred and thirty thousand years, our capacity to reason has remained unchanged. The combined intellect of the neuroscientists, mathematicians and engineers pales in comparison to the most basic A.I. Once online, a sentient machine will quickly overcome the limits of biology; in a short time, its analytic power will become greater than the collective intelligence of every person born in the history of the world. Some scientists refer to this as the Singularity. I call it Transcendence.” – Will

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Jul 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A group of scientists attempting the creation of real artificial intelligence are targeted by a terrorist group that advocate against the danger of technological advances.

My Take on it – I have been hearing (and reading) for months how much of a disappointment this movie is so I decided to watch it for myself based on the very interesting premise without any preconcieved expectations.

The poor reviews disappointed me more than the movie itself because I truly believe that, although it isn’t perfect, this movie is quite good.

Perhaps the poor reviews stemmed from the hype that surrounded this movie.

Yes, the acting itself isn’t memorable, but it still has some merit, and the script itself is amazing.

I work in the world of science and technology and was fascinated by the limitless ideas and applications that this story suggests which is one of ghe reasons we all love movies so much.

Science fiction has attributed so much to real scientific advances. For instance, without Star Trek’s comlinks who knows if the idea for cell phones would have been thought of.

Wally Pfister, who has been Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer for years was handed this movie as his directorial debut and he did an amazing job here IMHO.

Bottom Line – Much better than the reviews make it out to be. It has its flaws but the premise is spectacular. Great directorial debut for Wally Pfitzer. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy


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12 thoughts on “Transcendence (2014)

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  2. There were some interesting ideas presented here, but they never seemed to have much of an answer to them. They were just brought up with hopes that they’d already be answered as is. Good review.


    • I think that was one of the points of the movie Dan. Not all questions have definitive answers and that we must keep trying to find those answers however we can.

      That was actually one of the reasons that I enjoyed this movie so much.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


  3. Fantastic to learn you liked it man! I really have to say I went in to this with no expectations other than being excited immensely to see Depp paired up with Pfister in his directorial debut. The premise is awesome. I found the execution to be horrid. If he had Nolan directing this and Pfister writing and producing, man this could have been incredible. But, again, glad to see you found strengths.


    • Thanks Tom. Im also very glad I enjoyed it. I try not to read reviews before seeing a movie so that I can go in with a clean head, but I still look at the ratings you all give so I knew that so many people hated it. Despite that I was able to enjoy it. It’s possible that it coulda been better with Nolan taking the lead, but he himself chose to let pfitzer do it so I guess his confidence in him wasnt nearly enough. Tnx for stopping by and commenting!


  4. Well, I’m glad you enjoyed this more than I did! Lol. The ideas were there and so were the visuals, but for me this could’ve been a million times better. It began interesting and gradually got more generic and predictable. But, as I said, I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 Good review!


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