Thursday, May 1, 2014

Transcendence (2014)

Director: Wally Pfister. Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Lukas Haas. UK/China/USA. Mystery/Sci-Fi.

An AI scientist who believes in combining the human brain with a computer is killed by a resistance group, but brought back to life through circuitry that would make Mary Shelley cringe. Directed by Christopher Nolan's usual cinematographer and including performances by the usual Nolanites, this is a slow-paced, beautifully photographed, thought-provoking sci-fi about a dark, not too distant future. If Her astounded me for the incredible advancement of AI technology, this film slightly scared me (probably what The Net was planning on in 1995). And once again, we're proven that the critics are unable to understand and enjoy sci-fi.

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