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Transcendence

"Yesterday, Dr. Will Caster was only human..."

PG-13 2014-04-16 Thriller 1hr 59m

Two leading computer scientists work toward their goal of Technological Singularity, as a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent them from creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.

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Storyline

Two leading computer scientists work toward their goal of Technological Singularity, as a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent them from creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.

  • Released
    2014-04-16
  • Revenue
    $103,039,258
  • Budget
    $100,000,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 59m
  • Genre
    Thriller, Science Fiction, Drama, Mystery
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    6.2
  • Production
    DMG Entertainment, Alcon Entertainment, Straight Up Films

Crew

Wally Pfister
Director
Jack Paglen
Writer
David Valdes
Producer

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Cast

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Dr. Will Caster
Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall

Evelyn Caster
Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany

Max Waters
Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

Agent Donald Buchanan
Cole Hauser

Cole Hauser

Colonel Stevens
Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

Joseph Tagger
Cory Hardrict

Cory Hardrict

Joel Edmund
Xander Berkeley

Xander Berkeley

Dr. Thomas Casey
Lukas Haas

Lukas Haas

James Thomas
Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

Dr. Strauss
James Burnett

James Burnett

Meth Head #1
Sam Quinn

Sam Quinn

Meth Head #2
Sam Webb

Sam Webb

Red Hooded Teenager
Chris Gartin

Chris Gartin

Tech Conference Coordinator
Abe Martell

Abe Martell

RIFT Hacker
Laramie Cooley

Laramie Cooley

BDC Greeter
Nancy Jeris

Nancy Jeris

BDC Servant
Colin Jones

Colin Jones

FBI Agent
Dylan Kenin

Dylan Kenin

FBI Agent
Chad Brummett

Chad Brummett

Solar Field Worker
Antonio Del Prete

Antonio Del Prete

Will In Hybrid
Jon Kristian Moore

Jon Kristian Moore

Will In Hybrid
John Trejo

John Trejo

Special Forces on Roof
Darren P. Leis

Darren P. Leis

Medical Lab Tech
Donna Brown

Donna Brown

RIFT Surgeon
Zack Carpenter

Zack Carpenter

RIFT Medical Tech
Christina Lancellotti

Christina Lancellotti

RIFT Medical Tech
Kristen Rakes

Kristen Rakes

MIT Programmer
Seth Adkins

Seth Adkins

Miserable Student
Jaime Powers

Jaime Powers

Hybrid Townsman (uncredited)
Lubella Gauna

Lubella Gauna

Nurse (uncredited)
Lyn Quinn

Lyn Quinn

Tech Conference Attendee (uncredited)
Kendra Tuthill

Kendra Tuthill

Townswoman (uncredited)
Darrick Hurst

Darrick Hurst

Berkeley Student (uncredited)
Dennis Keiffer

Dennis Keiffer

Hybrid Soldier (uncredited)
Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Elon Musk (uncredited)
Fergaledgar

Fergaledgar

John Mccarthy (uncredited)

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Reviews for Transcendence
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A Review by jw 4

Written by jw on 2022-01-07

flat as empty paper When the FBI guy (Cillian Murphy) gives a clueless monologue for the first time, I wondered whether that was a potsho... read more

flat as empty paper When the FBI guy (Cillian Murphy) gives a clueless monologue for the first time, I wondered whether that was a potshot. The second time, it became clear the writer has no clue what he's writing about. No, the blender meme wasn't about Luddism. Plots involving AIs have been around for decades, and they always require a good amount of suspension of disbelief. But they should never be stupid. (Nor should the AIs.) Here, both are. There is no depth to the story, no suspense, no unexpected developments either. These topics - AI, Nanites, Dr. Frankenstein improving the world - has been written about competently, oftentimes. A good copy would've done. When this script tries to be deep, philosophical even, it fails. But that's not the worst of it. The only actor to get to express some (some!) emotional range and depth is Rebecca Hall in her role as Eveyln Caster. The other actors, good as they are, have very little to work with - all the characters are flat and schematic. The partner: loving. The concerned friend: despairing. The father figure: caring. The terrorists: self-righteous. The FBI: sober. The townspeople: stupid hicks. And so on. The obvious questions don't get asked, the less obvious - hey, the AI and a number of characters are supposed to be highly intelligent! - aren't asked either. And so the movie plods along to its expected end. Even acclaimed actors have a hard time to breathe life and sense in a papier mâché puppet. "Transcendence" (2014) is another WOMBAT: Waste Of Money, Brains, And Time. Don't waste yours.

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A Review by jw

flat as empty paper When the FBI guy (Cillian Murphy) gives a clueless monologue for the first time, I wondered whether that was a potshot. The second time, it became clear the writer has no clue what he's writing about. No, the blender ...

reviewer avatar

A Review by jw 4

Written by jw on 2022-01-07

flat as empty paper When the FBI guy (Cillian Murphy) gives a clueless monologue for the first time, I wondered whether that was a potshot. The second time, it became clear the writer has no clue w...

read more