First they were Shells, now they're Ghosts. Ghosts in the Cloud. Surpasses Ex Machina, Transcends it. Not fiction, a reality now: Siri has body. Depp: Dies>ascends as Siri>descends as Human>dies on the Cloud>descends as Water. Nolan ending: having'em together as digital water </3. Oshii (via Cameron) meeting Malick (via Nolan). Evokes: Bionic:Placebo./Digital Fauna+Digital Flora:Zomby/Love & Communication:Cat Power∇
(humongous spoiler) Not as entertaining as Lucy nor as well achieved as Her. Probably the first movie that attempts to fulfill Ray Kurzweil's singularity prophecy and even uses the term transcendence from The Transcendent Man. Smart script, allowing the "techno-sceptics" to win and the Ray Kurzweill figure turned to sentient AI to be a martyr for change and a new era of humans finding what to be human is about. Smart
Why DP's Shouldn't Direct Exhibit G. That Johnny Depp is reduced to playing a virtual person is the sad but logical culmination of a career that turned away from serious performances at the end of 20th century to embrace cartoonish personalities.
What starts off as an interesting directorial debut from cinematographer Pfister winds up losing itself in implausibility and ridiculous genre cliché. It's too bad because the initial premise is promising looking at A.I. technology and a potential grassroots anti-tech terrorist group however once the inevitable happens it's pretty much a self parody from that point. Depp is monosyllabic here. Poor debut.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. Transcendence isn't as bland as I was lead to believe its just as disappointing. While the usually played-out Depp isn't as unbearable as I expected the false hope its kind of seemingly promising plot offers abruptly turns to pure shit during the last act. Having the story told in a flashback completely robbed its audience of any enjoyment but overall it felt like a cannibalized Nolan project.