If you were thinking of catching Johnny Depp's latest flop this weekend: Don't. The ratings are in and film critics are shocked at what they assumed would be an intelligent and thought provoking movie. Along with Depp, the cast for this movie is stellar. Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, and Rebecca Hall round out an impressive cast that simply cannot hold this steaming mess together. Check under the cut to see what some critics are saying about Depp's latest failure.
Synopsis: As Dr. Will Caster works toward his goal of creating an omniscient, sentient machine, a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent him from establishing a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.
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Richard von Busack from Metro Active
On the overall film: Pretty damned bad. Another example of 2014 CG used to animate 1974's science fiction ideas.
On Director Wally Pfister: First-time director Wally Pfister is Christopher Nolan's usual cinematographer, and yet Transcendence isn't distinguished visually; Pfister seems to have absorbed all of Nolan's self-seriousness and none of his liveliness.
Jake Coyle from UT San Diego/Associated Press :
On Comparisons Between the film HER and Transcendence: ... whereas"Her" was playful and personal about familiar futuristic concepts, "Transcendence" is clunky and lifeless. It's like the movie version of a paranoid TED talk.
On Rebecca Hall's Performance: "Transcendence" ultimately hinges on the relationship of Caster and Evelyn. The excellent Hall, looking a bit confused by what she's gotten herself into, does her best to emotionally ground Pfister's increasingly unfocused and heavy-handed story.
Brian Bishop from The Verge
On the Christopher Nolan Produced Film: It stars several Nolan mainstays, features the same kind of meticulous photography and production design we’ve come to expect, and mixes a high-concept premise with an intimate emotional core. But the comparisons end there, as the film collapses into a shambling mess of ’90s cyber-paranoia and action tropes that not even the charisma of Johnny Depp can redeem.
On the Cast: Depp seems disinterested without a crazy costume or affectation to play with, and while Rebecca Hall is wonderful as his grief-stricken wife, there’s no getting around the fact that the duo have no chemistry together ... The same is true for Bettany, Morgan Freeman, and Cillian Murphy, all exceptional actors who at times feel like they’re starring in outtakes from entirely different movies
Alonso Duralde from The Wrap
On Plot Holes:This is the kind of film where, by the time you've reached your car in the parking lot, you find yourself asking your date questions like “Why was the nano-technology visible to the human eye?” and “If computer Will can scan Evelyn's biochemical emotional reactions, why can't it catch her lying?”
On the One Good Thing About Transcendence: If there's one solid take-away from “Transcendence,” it's Rebecca Hall's performance as a computer genius (she's not just Will's wife, she's his collaborator) so blinded by grief and by the possibilities of pushing science to the next level, that she aids and abets Will's ambitious, terrifying agenda. She remains committed to the character even when the plot's logic goes 404 – Not Found.
Scott Foundas from Variety
On the Leads and their Performance: Depp fails to convey any real sense of the passion and curiosity that supposedly drive Will Caster to do what he does. The gravely beautiful Hall ... seems to have been directed to deliver her entire performance in an unwavering state of glassy-eyed anxiety. Indeed, long before the Web goes bust, “Transcendence” has already flatlined.
On the overall story:There are intriguing, half-formed ideas afoot in “Transcendence,” but the script and Pfister’s heavy, humorless direction tend to reduce everything to simplistic standoffs between good and evil
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