• Transcendence (2014)


Release Date: April 18th, 2014

DVD Release Date: July 22nd, 2014

PG-13 |1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary

Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), the world's foremost authority on artificial intelligence, is conducting highly controversial experiments to create a sentient machine. When extremists try to kill the doctor, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed. Will's wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), and best friend, Max (Paul Bettany), can only watch as his thirst for knowledge evolves to an omnipresent quest for power, and his loved ones soon realize that it may be impossible to stop him.

Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Cole Hauser, Morgan Freeman, Clifton Collins Jr.

Director: Wally Pfister

Genres: Thriller , Science fiction , Action

Production Co: DMG Entertainment, Straight Up Films, Alcon Entertainment

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Best friend, Brooding, Pursuit, Creative, Wife, Fascinating

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Pfister, who, like his mentor Nolan, adamantly continues to shoot on film (not digital), shows a sure hand at staging scenes, creating visuals and setting a tone -- if only all the diverse elements here fit comfortably under the same tent. show more

  • 20
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Ambitious to a fault, this cautionary fantasy about artificial intelligence has so much on its muddled mind, and so little sense of dramatic grounding, that it grows ever more preposterous before lurching to a climax that's utterly unfathomable. show more

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Echoing the lessons learned from "HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey," the message of Transcendence is that computers should not be allowed to become sentient. show more

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