Shyamalanically awful. Squanders its premise, cast and piles of money by delivering a plodding, dead-on-arrival mess with all the production values of an episode of CSI - that score, ugh. Not even bad enough to be a future cult classic. File (in a deep, dark dungeon) alongside 'The Lawnmower Man', 'S1M0NE' and 'Chappie'.
Oh dear. The weak Rebecca Hall character could have been a fantastic high priestess, in a controlling or controlled relationship with Johnny Depp's. Time-scales for AI & tech evolution so compressed they are a plot embarrassment: too near-future mixed with far-future to cohere. Cod-dualism re "the soul". Surprisingly wooden for a high-tech romp. Made me yearn for Iain M Banks (Hydrogen Sonata & its "Subliming" etc)
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∇
Bad Christopher Nolan! Bad! You don't give a first time director a blockbuster budget for a movie! He better at least have some directing experience, or training in some form or another. The movie looks good. I'll give it that much, but this shows why it's so hard to go from cinematography straight to directing. It's so awkward! The pacing and tone are horrible! I can practically see Pfister crying behind the camera.
I don't think this qualifies as a legit movie, but rather someone's admiration with modern technology gone berserk. It's hard to imagine a meaningful plot concerning ethics of AI that ends with Rambo looking hackers fighting hybrid zombies, even if SF thriller is your sort of thing.
Quite a bad film, especially given the big names in front of and behind the camera. I didn't get rid of the feeling that this could have been a much better film, i.e., it has super interesting ideas and moments that just never play out at all. Instead, there is just a heap of unmotivated story jumps, logical flaws, pale characters and mindless "action" scenes. Let's go and re-watch "Twelve Monkeys" instead.
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.