A rational plot that is very realistic (by psy99999)
No irony in the above. The irrational and immensely stupid human reactions are more than realistic, and paint a bleak future while also explaining why we are stuck here today. People are scared of human evolution and advancement, and do their utmost to prevent them from happening. Think of religion or populistic yet unreasonable laws that are based on religion or similarly unfounded assumptions. This film is great, the possibilities outlined are very real, and those hurring it down have absolutely no knowledge of science and have no imagination as to what the future may realistically hold. I <more>
would expect that Transcendence will do better in countries where there is more critical thinking, such as Japan or most of Europe.
Don't know why all the negative review about this movie, but reading their negative comment it seems to me that they expected something else and it is not delivered hence they are throwing a tantrum and choose not to enjoy the movie.While its cons might be the lack of characters development this doesn't change the fact that the story line and concept is better than a lot of other movies and it is presented well. The story might feel a bit stretched but it give us more time to think and enjoy the development of the movie.It doesn't show too much of the potential of an AI, nor it <more>
have a lot of actions scenes, but it does show us a lot of perspective and views on a single ideas, and what misunderstanding and doubt could do. The movie doesn't show you what is right or wrong, or which is the best solution, it only show us the thinking of each characters and the consequences from their actions.If you love thoughts provoking movie which leave you with a lot of thinking, you will definitely like this movie.
I gave it 10 as it is both novel and brilliant - though if I explained why I might spoil it for you (by richardbrucebaxter)
The writer has obviously thought about the challenge of building AI seriously. I have heard it before and will reiterate this shared insight - Transcendence 2014 is ahead of its time. In a way perhaps one's enjoyment of the film will be a function of what one most wants from a movie. If this is emotional support, intellectual ease, or philosophical certainty; then perhaps it is not the right film for you. It definitely leaves more than one door open; in the characters also. I did speculate over some apparent inconsistencies but these are folding the more I think about it. That is part <more>
of the fun with good movies; to try and work out why things happened the way they did. I won't detail these. I rarely rate a movie that doesn't draw me back and invite me to deconstruct it. If every single thing clicks the first time then perhaps it is too simple. I will end the review on that theme.
This movie is superb for sci-fi fans or quasi-intelligent lifeforms. I believe the cinematography to be nicely done, not too artsy fartsy. The scenarios presented were believable as present day. The technology shown was understandable. Johnny Depp should be known as one of the best actors of our day although I would like to see him in something other than small round eyeglasses. Look at DiCaprio, he knows nerd glasses. Morgan Freeman, well he makes any movie better. Rebecca Hall did a thoroughly good job. Those that bemoan the lack of nudity most likely won't understand or enjoy this <more>
movie. nonetheless, incidental boobies would have racked up a perfect score.....
Movie with less fireworks and more poking your Mind and Beliefs, breaking your Denial. (by varun-tn-india)
Transcendence is an awesome movie that only few can appreciate. It has some requirements from the side of the audience like, patience, open mind, ready to accept something which is strictly not entertainment oriented, ability to trouble yourself and your mind with questions of scientific, philosophical, moral, introspective, psychological in nature. This movie takes its time and rightly so. It taunts at the ironical nature of human moral and questions its validity or poses a question if we should; all that if you really get the movie fully; if you don't then you are really not ready to <more>
even pose such a question! If you are someone who watches a movie to get a laugh and walk away nothing wrong with that , then this movie is not for you; well actually most 'good' movies are not for you; but if you are someone who wants the movie you watch to create a change in you as a person, give you a whole new pair of eyes, then this is definitely a must watch. This movie is not a Nolan movie, but a Nolan blessed one, with some Nolan inspired moments, characters and shots. Note that this movie is not an 'Epic movie' in ways one uses epic to be; but in subtle and introspective ways, it is as epic as it can get. Acting performances are great all around. Hans sound and music, bakes with the film and takes you deeper, both in terms of introspection and musical note. P.S The word 'Transcendence' carries a lot of weigh, so please do look up the meaning before you go to the movies, if you already don't know what it means. Now, never mind all that I said, just go watch the movie and speak up for yourself as to what did it make you think.
Fitting this movie came out Easter weekend. Perception is the forerunner of everything in our lives, yet we all perceive things differently. If you get this movie it's brilliant, but if not you'll be stumped. Either way, mind blown.The cast all give great performances. Special effects were on the mark. The movie starts off a little slow before the audience can catch up to piece it together. It does offer a movie story line that is fresh and keeps one guessing until the end.Like I said before, fitting for Easter weekend. It definitely lives up to its name, Transcendence.
The Line Between Humanity & Evolving into something More. (by jocean4)
This film will most likely split down the middle because of it's religious tones of God and evolution. Some people will love it and some will hate it because it might go against their belief system. For movie purposes, it has great acting, great story though some may feel it's a little too far fetched, which I personally don't think is too far fetched when you see what the world was like 10 years ago before the mainstream web , and pretty good action scenes.At the heart, it's a story about a woman, Evelyn, who loves her husband, Will, so much she tries to hold onto him by <more>
helping him save his consciousness. She begins to wrestle with whether this being is really Will or is something new. It's also about evolution and the line between humanity and evolving into something more. This movie might be a turn off for religious people but it does make you think of what humanity could become whether you're religious or not. Overall, it's a great movie that's enjoyable, thought provoking, challenges some beliefs, and foreshadows some future realities we will all have to soon deal with. I would say go see it!
Intriguing storyline which goes to the heart of human existence (by Sjhm)
Truly the questions this film asks leave me wondering. So let's start with the film itself, as a scifi thriller, it's beautifully executed with some stunning visuals, to the extent that sometimes it has the feel of a travel advertisement. The story hangs together well, with strong central performances which keep you engaged. Some of the ethics are quite complex, and you have to ask if the machine's intent is really hostile, or is that just the interpretation characters are putting on it because they don't understand. And we fear what we do not understand. The intent here is <more>
clearly to tell a story in such a way that you walk away thinking about it. Job done. I came away thoroughly entertained, and thinking more about singularity and transcendence than I have in quite a while. If you are after a Saturday afternoon blockbuster with a lot of action, this might not be the film for you, but if you prefer your action with a little more intrigue, this is a great film.
A Good Effort from Pfister That's Sadly Underdeveloped (by alanclarke714)
Transcendence is Wally Pfister's directorial debut about Dr. Will Caster, who has his mind transferred into the largest supercomputer on the face of the planet after he is shot by an anti-AI activist at a conference. But, as Will begins to grow and expand, can his wife Evelyn and Will's friends stop him before the Will they knew is completely gone?I find it truly pathetic how many people are hating on this movie, and for some of the wrong reasons. I did go into this movie with high expectations and was disappointed, but there was still a lot to salvage from that was good. But first <more>
thing's first: the bad. Transcendence has a fantastic story and great concepts, but the way it was delivered and structured was incredibly poor and muddled. If you split the film in half instead of thirds, the second half of the film is incredible and ends how it should, but the first half suffers from time gaps, some left out character development and poor pacing. But, this is really all that's bad. The decent but disappointing aspects of the film are the ideas. The film pitches grand and epic thoughts that grow, but the ideas it preaches are never fully realized, at least the majority of them. Then, the script by Jack Paglen suffered from inconsistencies and random plot elements that did not really need to be there, or should have been examined further like RIFT . Now, the good and great. Wally's direction was superb; he really knew what he was doing after working with Christopher Nolan for so long. Pfister's style and unique eye helped save this movie from being a total disaster, especially when it came to the action, the way the camera moved with the scene and the characters or just the environment itself. The acting was great, too, especially Paul Bettany in the supporting role as Max, Will and Evelyn Caster's friend and fellow scientist. He brought heart and emotion from the other side of the spectrum, having an objective and subjective eye on the situation, with the other completely subjective side being from Evelyn's point of view. Rebecca Hall was great as Evelyn, a researcher clouded by her love for Will, and challenged in deciding whether or not the thing Will says he is, is actually Will or not. Johnny Depp was good, but it wasn't until the end of the film when the audience feels emotionally attached to him, as he's usually an emotionless AI, projected on screens and glass. The visual effects were top-notch and some of the best of the year hands-down, and the musical score by Mychael Danna was haunting, beautiful and intense when it needed to be.Transcendence is an actually good movie that deserves more credit than the immense crap it's getting. And to those who keep comparing it to the B-movie "Lawnmower Man," it's different. Sure, there are brief similarities melding man with machine , but that's it. It's an original take on the "technology-will-destroy-humanity" cautionary tale, and it's a disturbing one that does have some hopeful and resonating humanity after the mayhem and chaos has settled. I hope Wally Pfister gets to tackle another big sci-fi film, but one with a different, more experienced writer.