Movies I Saw at My Sister’s House (Part One)

TRANSCENDENCE
(Redbox)

There’s a ghost in the machine. And it looks like Johnny Depp.

In fact, it is Johnny Depp.

Johnny Depp (or a reasonable facsimile) stars in Transcendence
Johnny Depp (or a reasonable facsimile) stars in Transcendence

Y’see, early in the movie, Depp’s character, a brainy scientist named Will Caster, dies of radiation poisoning and his equally brainy and ever lovin’ wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) decides to download his intelligence into a machine. Problems arise when the sentient computer begins to take on godlike ambitions.

Rebecca Hall gives it her all in Transcendence
Rebecca Hall gives it her all in Transcendence[/caption]

Helmsman Wally Pfister (an Oscar-winning cinematographer making his directing debut) and first-time screenwriter Jack Paglen borrow from 2001:A Space Odyssey, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and other, better movies for this wannabe sci-fi.

Somewhere in this tepid flick is a warning about technology gone amok but despite the valiant efforts of
Ms. Hall the message is diluted and the movie never quite gels.

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Author: rixbitz

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