Running time: 119 minutes
Director: Wally Pfister
Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser
Summary: Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him
Transcendence is the directional debut of cinematographer Wally Pfister, who is best-known for his work with Christopher Nolan. Their film Inception even earned him an Academy Award. This time he has decided to take the reins and direct his first movie starting with a great cast and an ambitious idea. Sadly, that’s where it ends.
This movie had all the potential to be awesome and I was bored out of my mind from the first minute. There was nothing interesting or engaging, not the characters nor the story, and all suffered from a flat delivery. There’s no drama, no emotion and no logic. You just don’t care about what is happening and at one point everything stops making sense.
Johnny Depp isn’t bad in it but his character, Will Caster, doesn’t catch your attention when he’s alive and when he gets uploaded doesn’t either. I don’t understand where is he going with his career right now. Rebecca Hall as his wife, is really good but the character of Evelyn Caster isn’t much interesting. The only one that I liked was Paul Bettany as their friend Max Waters who was the one who came closer to having some character development.
Then the movie has great actors in unnecessary roles such as Morgan Freeman as a scientist and Cillian Murphy as a FBI agent, that are just a waste of talent and only serve the movie to throw the exposition.
The pacing is off. It’s two hours long and you feel every second of it. As a good sci-fi piece, Transcendence sets up questions and theories but then neglects all of them at the end, making the viewing experience simply a waste of time. I would go as far as to say this is the worst film I have seen this year.