The convenience of our technology today has become practically unmeasurable due to how much we utilize it, but what are the dangers involved with some of the things we are creating or will create?
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is like many other scientists, in that he has a vast curiosity for all things science. He does however, stand out from others due to the fact that he is part of a team developing a computer that could some day become transcendent, or smarter than human intelligence that is. Not everyone is on board with such science, and on the day of several attacks made by the extremist group, R.I.F.T., Will is shot with a radioactive bullet and is given only a month to live. His wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), distraught by the news, devises a plan to upload Will’s conscientiousness to the computer of their creation in an effort to save him, or at least part of him. The end result: Success. But is that a good thing?
First off, I’m impressed with the idea behind this plot. It’s very creative, and in some ways, could be a partial glimpse into the future of computer technology. I’ve always had the idea that one day we will be the cause of our own extinction, and technology will play a large part in that. That’s just one of my theory’s for the end of mankind though. This film portrays a technology not yet in existence, but that doesn’t mean it won’t ever come to be. It’s hard to say something is impossible, because it’s likely just not possible with our current technology. In fact, much of what we have or are cable of doing today, was at one time considered impossible. I mean, it’s really freaking cool to think about it.
So here we are. A movie with an interesting idea behind it, and a great cast too. But I have to report my honest opinion, and when it comes down to it, the movie wasn’t that great (at least not as I had hoped). I wanted to love this movie, and I really thought that I would, but it disappointed me where I thought it was going to excite me.
The new and improved, computerized version of Will, didn’t play out the way I had hoped. I expected him to try to “play God” and take over the world in a sense. I expected more action, visuals, violence, and overall thrill, but instead I just sat there watching it with a neutral sense of emotion. This was where the plot went wrong in my opinion. I watched the movie, fully satisfied with it, up to the point that I realized it wasn’t going where I had thought. So many exciting sequences could have been a part of this film…but weren’t.
I can’t pretend that I despised it though. It’s more of a battle really, between the parts I did like and those that I didn’t. I have a civil war going on in my head just as I’m trying to write this review. It isn’t exactly entertainment though when you find yourself doing this. To like it, or just to hate it would have been better, but my indecisive self wants to make this as difficult as possible, so thanks “Transcendence”.
Total Abstract Rating: 75% Maybe try the movie???
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