The directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer, Wally Pfister, seems more a fake Nolan film. There’s plenty of flash and “serious” mixed with entertainment, heck, even some of the same actors, but Transcendence comes across as nothing more than cheap imitation of Inception.
Johnny Depp is the first big issue here. The actor hasn’t been in anything worthwhile in some time, and this is another clunker in his filmography. He doesn’t have the charisma for this role, he’s a blank slate of an actor this time around. As a scientist that’s determined to create artificial intelligence, he ends up being shot with a bullet that’s laced with poison (why lace a bullet with poison? why not just kill him right then?). So now he’s able to live for a few more weeks! That’s just enough to time for Depp to upload his consciousness to a computer!
Depp dies, his wife and other colleagues continue to work on the computer. And then it comes alive! Depp is back! The Depp-computer slowly begins it’s take over of everything in sight. But Depp’s wife is an idiot who thinks the man’s mind is still in control and that her husband is back.
The movie keeps going and whatever interesting ideas that were brought up in the start were completely dropped towards the end as everything becomes a huge action sequence. The mildly smart movie goes dumb and never recovers.
Rating: 3 out of 10.