(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
Transcendence is a movie that really tries hard to become a sci fi horror type of movie, and even though the premise was interesting with some great cinematographic scenes, it was just too boring and confusing for me to really care. Rating 2.5 out of 5.
Johnny Depp is one of my favorite actors in Hollywood for the reasons that he makes the strangest of characters work for the sake of the movie. Depp is the king of playing the weirdest of characters that turn a lot of movies memorable. Most notably Edward Scissorhands, George Jung, Sweeney Todd, and, my personal favorite, Captain Jack Sparrow. Lately, he hasn’t done a great movie, and even the disappointingly sub par movie of The Lone Ranger, where he played Tonto, didn’t serve him right for his acting artistry. Transcendence had that kind of flair for a Johnny Depp type of movie that could be great, but in the end, it’s not the type of sci fi that will get your blood boiling up. Instead it might bring out your sleeping hormones. I will start with the so-so to what I didn’t like.
The so-so, i thought the premise for the story of the movie was intriguing about having the whole mind of a person into a computer where they can still utilize their mind to keep working and researching after their dead which is called singularity, but in the movie, it’s called transcendence. It showed a little but in Captain America: The Winter Soldier with Arnim Zola and how powerful it can be, and this movie it really does show how powerful it can be with the internet with a human mind. It made me interested to see how great or dangerous it can be, and it did. Shows why there may be some people really against it to make terrorist attacks to it. It was interesting to see Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster turn from a human to an artificial intelligence. The director for the movie is Wally Pfister, who is an Academy Award movie cinematographer winner, most notably the Nolan’ Batman trilogy, to his first movie as the director. It shows that he needs more experience in dealing with actor in their scene, but the cinematic scenes in the movie were great for the eye. The acting was decent, but with the potential of this cast, especially with Morgan Freeman, it could have been better
What I didn’t like, the movie really wanted to add a horror dimension to the story of this movie, but in order to achieve it they have to give a lot of scientific approaches for people to understand what’s going on. So what i found interesting at first with the whole transcendence thing, just became too much with the scientific jargon which almost put me to sleep. The whole movie shows what dangers can happen, but honestly, I saw more good than bad and couldn’t quite understand what the people are against in this whole process to sabotage it. In the end, Dr. Caster’s wife, played by Rebecca Hall, saw the worst before she realizes that all Dr. Caster wanted to do was help make the world a better place, and that it was his true self even though he is an artificial intelligence. I don’t know whether he really wanted world domination or not, but man a science to cure everything looked good and it was all destroyed. It left me with a confusing feeling which i don’t like after watching a movie. I rather see Johnny Depp play in human form than an artificial intelligence, even though his voice was creepy enough to achieve it, but it was too much for me.
Overall, I see the potential in Wally Pfister directing, but he still needs a lot of work, but his creativity is there. I hope he can work with some better writers to make a really good movie, and use Transcendence as a tool to what can be better. Johnny Depp is due for a good movie, maybe another Pirates movie as Captain Jack Sparrow will do the trick!!! Final Rating 2.5 out of 5.