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Transcendence (2014)

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A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.


Wally Pfister


Jack Paglen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Will Caster
Rebecca Hall ... Evelyn Caster
Paul Bettany ... Max Waters
Cillian Murphy ... Agent Buchanan
Kate Mara ... Bree
Cole Hauser ... Colonel Stevens
Morgan Freeman ... Joseph Tagger
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Martin
Cory Hardrict ... Joel Edmund
Falk Hentschel ... Bob
Josh Stewart ... Paul
Luce Rains ... Roger
Fernando Chien ... Heng
Steven Liu Steven Liu ... Chiu
Xander Berkeley ... Dr. Thomas Casey


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. Written by Warner Bros.

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Release Date:

19 June 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Transcendence: Identidad virtual See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,886,386, 20 April 2014, Wide Release

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2.35 : 1
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Contains a lot of comic book movie actors and actresses. Johnny Depp was in From Hell (2001), Morgan Freeman, Josh Stewart and Cillian Murphy were in the Dark Knight trilogy, Paul Bettany and Rebecca Hall were in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Bettany was also in Priest (2011), and Kate Mara was in Zoom (2006) (indirectly related to comic books) and Fantastic Four (2015), and also had a small role in Iron Man 2 (2010), as a role of U. S. Marshal, at the beginning of the film. See more »


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[first lines]
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I weep nanobot tears for the future...
11 July 2014 | by trikespotterSee all my reviews

"A first-year high school student with a major interest in computer science and technology was asked by his English teacher, (along with all his other classmates), to write a short story of their own choosing, as an introductory stage in order to be assessed on their general language skills for the class.

The pupil in question accidentally watched 'The Lawnmower Man' for the first time only days before, and thought it was so great and practically unheard of within his generation, he decided to base his "original" assignment story upon this film, which of course had very little relevance itself to the original Stephen King brief work of literature.

Once the project was submitted for evaluation, the teacher, who stubbornly owned a Nokia 3310, a 14" portable TV, and grew up in a generation of scraped knees and weekend World War II re-enactments, thought to himself that it was a reasonably clever concept, but only gave the student a C+, in order to discourage him that the story was of any greatness. However, the teacher had other devious plans, and decided to just correct any minor spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, then submit the story to Hollywood in the hope of making a fast buck.

The story was eventually accepted, the teacher was given a princely sum of coinage, bought himself a Nokia 5510 and 21" Pensonic, and during the four years in which this full process took to make it onto the big screen, the student had since forgotten all about his crap re-telling of a crap re-telling, and was now happily playing bass in a garage band, and pursuing girls who looked old enough to buy him alcohol. He had also recently watched 'The Lawnmower Man' again and wondered to himself what the hell he was thinking when he thought it was any good in the first place, and then lit another herbal doob."

This, in my opinion, is how this film came to see the light of day. It's honestly the worst thing I've subjected myself to since 'After Earth'. The story, script, dialogue, delivery, and acting are all completely abysmal. Not one single character was likable or even rational, just like kids are when going through puberty. I don't care who's in it, it's absolute shite to the power of twelvty. Even the special effects weren't up to much, and it looked like the majority could have been done using Adobe After Effects CS4 plug-ins.

Now all I have to worry about now, is for someone stealing my review story of how this film came about, and then making that into yet another sketchy movie for the masses. Seriously though, I weep for the future if this is the kinda crud we have to look forward to in later years. I need to go and watch 'Maximum Overdrive' now for a gradual and regressive mental flushing.

Like many films of this era, it tries to be clever, but fails miserably. In a word, "Atrocious".

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