|A TED talk in a movie?! Excllent.|
|1.5 out of 5 stars.|
|Careful! You are being watched!|
To quote Alonso Duralde from The Wrap, "Transcendence is a sleek, smart techno-thriller loaded with interesting ideas — until it stops being any of those things."
|I wish we had as many solar arrays for power... he has lots.|
There in lies one of the biggest sins of the movie. Bad characterization. Bad motivation. Characters rapidly switch sides, change their views, or change their character almost entirely. There is some silly bad science as well... and it is replete with unending examples of hypocrisy (which I hope, hope with all my being was intentional).
There will be some minor spoilers below, but not anything major that you should not have seen from the trailer. But you have been warned, I might stray beyond that threshold. I mean the movie starts off by spoiling the end.
|White wall sci-fi cliche! We've got em!|
You see there is this terrorist organization called RIFT (Revolutionary Independence From Technology), who by the way use technology to plan their anti-technology attacks. They have lap tops, cell phones, internet... they are the worst Luddites in the history of Luddites. And yet they are the most successful... I suppose that is because they use technology to fight technology. See... hypocritical. I hope that was intentional... if not... well, it was a bad movie.
|We're trying to find the plot! Help!|
Then there is the problem with Nanotechnology. Our Hero, Dr. Caster (Johnny Depp), rapidly has access to ultra efficient, super controllable nano-machines. They can heal and improve people, they can disassemble weapons, they can repair solar arrays. By giving him access to such an immense power, everything that comes after seems like it was shoe horned in. At one point someone is threatened with being shot. We've already seen many many people get shot and be repaired by the nano-machines, so it should not be a threat at all... and yet somehow we're expected to take it seriously? No, I think not.
|This is the legacy of humanity...|
Ok, maybe that was more spoiler-ish than intended... but it irked me. There was no repercussion for destroying modern civilization. Those responsible do not even seem to pay for it... maybe some mild guilt... but that is it. No repercussions.
|The fact that neither of these two died at the end pisses me off.|
Anyways. I cannot in good conscience recommend seeing this movie. It was bad, or at the very least it was not good. Do not go and see it... but if you do go see it, if you must see it, do not expect to enjoy it. Do not expect it to make sense. Expect to feel the desire to scream at the screen... try it, the scream might be wonderfully cathartic.