There’s a ghost in the machine. And it looks like Johnny Depp.
In fact, it is Johnny Depp.
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.
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.