Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Transcendence

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 18% (Critics) / 45% (Audience)
Directed By: Wally Pfister
Written By: Jack Paglen
Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and
Paul Bettany
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Synopsis: As Dr. Will Caster works toward his goal of creating an omniscient, sentient machine, a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent him from establishing a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain. – (Source)

The Good:
The brief moments when it looked like the disembodied intelligence of Dr. Will Caster was going to build an army of hive-minded super-strong worker drones had me hopeful. But those moments quickly faded away and this movie got back to the boring.

The Bad:
This movie was just so damn boring. I didn’t care about any of the characters or their flimsy motivations and the pseudo-science was laughably bad. Also Johnny Depp seemed to be totally disinterested in this entire project long before he got turned into an unfeeling artificial intelligence bent on taking over the world.

The Ugly:
Until he would pop up on screen I would completely forget that Cillian Murphy was even in this movie.

Final Verdict: A blah parable on the dangers of too much technology that bored me while I sat in the theater watching it seemingly almost as much as it bored Johnny Depp while making it. Just a waste of a decent premise and a crop of really good actors.

Grade: D

5 thoughts on “Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Transcendence

    1. I really would like to be a fly on the wall when Johnny Depp picks a script because it seems like he just throws them all up in the air and selects the one that lands right side up.


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