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802 Ratings


Directed by Wally Pfister
United States, United Kingdom, 2014
Thriller, Sci-Fi


A terminally ill scientist downloads his body into a computer. This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable.

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Transcendence Directed by Wally Pfister
The situation [Evelyn] finds herself in seems huge, but it boils down to a woman who can’t decide whether to take her husband off life support. The brain lives on, but what’s the quality of life? Transcendence isn’t about nanotechnology or robots or what horrors the future has in store for us. It’s about the next day, the next hour, the next five minutes… I’ve seen better fiction films this year, but nothing as unexpectedly heartbreaking as the best moments in Transcendence.
August 06, 2014
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The film looks surprisingly un-pretty for a film by a notable cinematographer. I presume it’s intentional, but the visuals are blotchy verging on muddy and skin tones seem several degrees too hot (then again we also get the play of raindrops on glass, and dew falling from a flower in extreme slow-motion).
April 28, 2014
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For most viewers, the problem with Transcendence will begin and end with Pfister’s unschooled approach to dramaturgy, here savagely limited by the lifeless spectacle of people looking at and talking to computer screens, spouting bogus dialogue in explanation of cascading data we have no chance of gathering.
April 26, 2014
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