“We humans are more concerned with having than with being. ” – Prof. Norman
Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Oct 2014)
Brief Synopsis – An American girl living abroad gets inadvertently involved with a drug smuggling outfit as a drug mule and subsequently gains use of her higher brain functions turning her into a very powerful person when the powder inside her stomach begins to leak.
My Take on it – Ever since I saw Leon: The Professional (1994) twenty years ago, I have been a big fan of Luc Besson and his interesting concepts for movies.
This movie is no exception to that.
The idea that a drug would allow someone to gain more access to the abilities of the brain is not new (Limitless (2011) explored that thoroughly also) , but Besson is able to take it in a new direction which works for the most part.
Unfortunately, the freshness of the idea gets lost in the attempt to take it higher and higher which helps distance the audience more and more as the movie moves forward.
The choice to cast Scarlett Johansson as the lead with Morgan Freeman as an academic who tries to understand what is happening to her are both great casting choices.
As with most of Besson’s movies, this one is a high adrenaline rush to experience and some of the ideas brought forth are truly mind blowing.
Bottom Line – Very interesting concept that starts off great but just loses its grip on the novelty of the idea along the way. Johansson and Freeman are both great in the high adrenaline story created by Luc Besson who knows how to make very interesting movies. Recommended
Rating – Globe Worthy
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Very well said Mr. Movie Rob!!!!! I think that’s exactly what happened to me, I was so quickly distanced by the crazy leaps in faith and suspension of disbelief required here
Thanks Tom. I guess Besson just tried too hard here and in doing so, just distances the audience instead of embracing us. That being said, it’s stil a very good movie but its inability to be even better is disappointing.
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I did enjoy this one but it does get kind of crazy towards the end! Great review Rob.
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Good review, Rob! I liked this one okay, but, yeah the end it where things really fall apart. And even though I enjoyed Morgan Freeman in the film, he kind of felt wasted to me. Why cast such a big name if you’re hardly going to use him (which is exactly what I thought for Transcendence)? Ah well. ScarJo was good, so at least there’s that. Haha.
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