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Transcendence

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6.21 h 59 min2014X-Ray12
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. 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.
Directors
Wally Pfister
Starring
Johnny DeppMorgan FreemanRebecca Hall
Genres
SuspenseDramaScience FictionAction
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Kate MaraCillian MurphyCole HauserPaul Bettany
Producers
Andrew A. KosoveBroderick JohnsonKate CohenDavid ValdesAaron Ryder
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4.3 out of 5 stars

2007 global ratings

  1. 61% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 12% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 5% of reviews have 1 stars
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NeilReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 September 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
No subtitles
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I pay for Amazon Prime mainly to watch movies, but many of them have no subtitles. I am not completely deaf but I have to listen to movies with headphones. Even turned up to maximum volume, I couldn't make out what was being said. Deaf people should get a discount on Prine as they don't receive a full service.
15 people found this helpful
SomeoneReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Far better than I excepected
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Some reviews were negative so I bought this Blue-ray really cheap. I am writing a book on agimachine.com so I am very interested in any AI film. Most films are just a fantasy film with AI as a theme. The producers have no clue what AI is. This was an exception. I was hooked from the start. It was extremely well thought and researched. It is hard to write good scifi stories and I have only seen a hand full of good stories in my life. This was the best. It was believable and showed what a real AI would be capable of at Singularity level. All films inject some love story to keep most women happy and to me ruin the film, but the love story blended beautifully and was actually more powerful than AI story. The acting was brilliant. Rebecca Hall is so beautiful and i really find her the sexiest female actress so I was really pleased she was the lead actress. Morgan Freeman is the No 1 actor in my book, so the combination of AI + Rebecca + Morgan + the excellent script made this film my No1 film ever. I am not sure if others will agree with me though.
16 people found this helpful
MartinlawrencecocksedgeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
unique film which captures the imagination
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Delivered in swift time. Was driven to buy this movie and rewatch on blu ray despite the negative reviews. Dr will,depp is a leading scientist in world due to involving artificial intelligence projects ,but his work triggers a reaction fron extremist group who seek to thwart his line of work which create something beyond control and endanger mankind. Good acting well executed cut above.not necessary a novel storyline,just shows how possible a consciousness mind can develop from a computer source interacting with most things maybe in years to come some genius smart science mind could venture the ability to test this method who knows.good imagination scenes that invent as its only fantasy make believe anyway. Underrated film with most critics. Worth a view again
8 people found this helpful
ShopperPY72Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 October 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Less interesting than the houseplant next to my TV - AVOID
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What an utter pile of tosh. This film looks like it was boring to make, let alone watch. Wooden script, ridiculous premise, and I do mean RIDICULOUS even for holywood, and consequently a terrible film.

The only way I coped was to pour myself a nice big whisky, stare at the houseplant next to the TV and wait for this complete waste of electricity to end.
6 people found this helpful
PodVonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great despite the HUGE plot hole
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A wonderful movie with a cool idea and a great cast of actors.

SPOILER: Unfortunately it loses a star from me because of the glaring plot hole of how he can terraform the planet, rebuild anything including people from base materials, hack any and all data in the world - yet after TWO YEARS the AI is still running the same second rate networking software (on his new quantum plus mainframes no less) that his traitor ex-friend wrote and could thus easily destroy with a 'virus'.
Honestly, I would also like to have seen a nod to the millions who would have died from that piece of idiocy when every circuit on the planet instantly and irreparably failed.
4 people found this helpful
DragonVetReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Well I was on the side of the computer!
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Not sure the writers of this movie achieved what they set out to, but I was on the side of the computer chap (Jonny Depp) and thought that his technology would have transformed the world. I really disliked the characters (won't spoil who) that were set against him and his wondrous A.I. that healed the blind and had so much potential to rid the world of global warming and pollution, war and famine. I quite liked the idea of an evolved human race. Interesting movie, if a little slow at times.
3 people found this helpful
rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 August 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
'COMPUTERS WERE BUILT TO MAKE THE WORLD SMALLER.....A WORLD WITHOUT ?
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A little surprised that the film has received a mixed bag of reviews, those that have praised the film up, are in my view
on the money.
'Dr Will Carter'(Johnny Depp) is a leader in the field of Artificial Intelligence' when gunned down by 'Technology Extremists'
he is left with just weeks to live, the bullet had been contaminated.
He doesn't want his work to be lost, he has his mind, thoughts and emotions uploaded into a super-computer system his
intention is to achieve 'Transcendence'
He's gone, or is he, the transfer of his mind has been successful, he can again communicate with his wife 'Evelyn' (Rebecca
Hall)
The results are of concern to his long-time friend 'Max Waters' (Paul Bettany) wants to shut 'Will' down, 'Evelyn' won't allow it
she's delighted to have communication with her lost husband, it's of comfort.
The extremists led by 'Bree' (Kate Mara) attempt to shut 'Will' down, they fail, they now turn to 'Max' by taking him by force,
hoping he'll assist them in-time.
'Will' instructs 'Evelyn' to build a hi-tech complex in the outskirts of a remote town nestled in the 'New Mexico' desert, 'Brightwood'
where he hopes with 'Evelyn's' help he can continue and indeed expand his work.
'Will's' prime intention is to help mankind however he also wants to reach out beyond the screens he is now locked behind.
Former associates of 'Will' - 'Joseph Tagger' (Morgan Freeman) and Agent 'Buchanan' (Cillian Murphy) visit the complex to see
'Will's' work in action, what they see troubles them.
There is a need to shut 'Will' down, before his power is absolute, will he let those who are trying do so, can what has been created be stopped.
This is a superior and clever film that explores the boundaries, mesmerizingly brilliant.
Great cast line-up, great picture and sound quality throughout.
Features -
* Exploring artificial intelligence
* What is Transcendence ?
* Wally Pfister : A singular vision
* Featurette - Guarding the Threat and The Promise of A.I
* Teaser video narrated by Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman
29 people found this helpful
Michael MacneilReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well executed take on the AI story, great acting, a big budget
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Not necessarily a novel storyline - that someone could transfer their consciousness into a machine and then build an interconnected army with some kind of collective consciousness (we are the Borg, SkyNet...) but this was modern take on the approach to one conception of AI that views it as being able to reproduce exactly everything a human brain could do. "Consciousness" is simply reached at some threshold of processing complexity called a 'singularity'. The underlying philosophy is that you are purely biological - there is nothing spiritual that animates you. It also touches on some of the science that instead of trying to understand the brain theoretically, you just build some kind of model from empirical observations. Probably some implied criticism of anti-technology radicals that use technology. Thus, as long as you do not get too political, spiritual or philosophical when you watch it, you will really enjoy it!! Depp is super smooth, at once arrogant, vulnerable, and believable; supporting cast accomplished, special effects excellent and sets superb (especially the quantum pc suite and the data-centre). You might even choke back the tears at the end..
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