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At Theaters: 4/18/2014 On Video: 7/22/2014
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 59 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600313
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Storyline Heading
Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Action Drama Sci-Fi - This is a slow and talky science fiction drama, with the trailers showing most of the action-oriented bits. Johnny Depp actually has a much smaller role than expected, with Rebecca Hall being the true lead. Other familiar faces such as Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy also have small roles. Adult subject matter and some violence make the film not for kids, who would probably be bored.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Johnny Depp THE LONE RANGER, DARK SHADOWS, THE RUM DIARY
Kate Mara 127 HOURS, SHOOTER, FULL OF IT, ZOOM
Morgan Freeman THE LEGO MOVIE, LAST VEGAS, OBLIVION
Rebecca Hall CLOSED CIRCUIT, EVERYTHING MUST GO, THE TOWN
Director: Wally Pfister Directorial Debut
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 S-words; a couple of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting sex without nudity.
VIOLENCE: Shootings, beatings with blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Destruction and gunplay.
COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average Too often, Transcendence shows a marked preference for what Shakespeare called "sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average What we've got here isn't just a "Frankenstein"-like parable of scientific hubris run amok, but also the story of a grieving spouse who's reluctant to let go of her mate and tries to prolong his life artificially. The film's script, credited to Jack Paglen, takes its sweet time confirming whether the being uploaded into the neural network Will Caster or merely a digital copy, and if a copy, what sort.

USA Today Full Review
Average Though it purports to question our reliance on technology and incite some rage against the machine, Transcendence is really just a heavy-handed story of a mad scientist. And it's not a particularly effective cautionary tale.

NY Post Full Review
Poor Lethargic direction, bland visuals, credulity-straining plotting and tin-eared dialogue turn even pros like Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Morgan Freeman into sleepwalking bores.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 46 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
4
About 50/50
75%
13-19Teens (F)
3
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
1
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
16
About 50/50
94%
30+Adults (F)
21
About 50/50
95%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 46 moviegoers:
TEENS: The four male reviews are not much help since they are so varied. All three females felt it was an "above average" movie which is good.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The one male and one female loved "Transcendence."
ADULTS: Considering the star power in this movie, these reviews are somewhat disappointing but certainly not bad. About half the males and females rated it an "above average" movie, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much but didn't love. Unfortunately, the remaining half only felt "Transcendence" was an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him.

However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed - to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can...but if they should.

Their worst fears are realized as Will's thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

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