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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. 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.
© 2014 Alcon Entertainment, LLC.
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Critics Consensus: In his directorial debut, ace cinematographer Wally Pfister remains a distinctive visual stylist, but Transcendence's thought-provoking themes exceed the movie's narrative grasp.
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Debbie Lynn Elias
[I]ntriguing visuals that tell a story...Sadly, however, there are too many themes and not enough clarity to engage during the film itself, a failure that also falls on the lack of a human touch within two of the film's principals - Depp and Hall.
December 14, 2019
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Common Sense Says
Dark, pretentious sci-fi thriller tackles big questions.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Transcendence stars Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster, a brilliant researcher in the field of artificial intelligence who's shot by a band of anti-technology extremists and finds another life within an experimental supercomputer. As the scientist's mind expands into new frontiers, he starts to devise new ways to cure diseases and heal the environment ... but he also pursues his own less-altruistic agenda. This is pretty intense, brooding end-of-the-world material, which is too much for younger viewers. Expect explosions, gunfire, and other action sequences, as well as infrequent swearing (including "s--t"), a little kissing, and a few bar scenes with adults drinking.
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- Genre:Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
- Release Date:April 18, 2014
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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