Transcendence (2014 AI Movie)


Transcendence is a 2014 American science fiction thriller film directed by cinematographer Wally Pfister in his directorial debut and written by Jack Paglen. The film stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser, and Morgan Freeman. Pfister’s usual collaborator, Christopher Nolan, served as executive producer on the project.

The film received mainly negative reviews; it was criticized for its plot structure, characters and dialogue.

An A-list cast and talented filmmaker are wasted on a B-Movie script with pretentions of prescience.

— William Thomas, Empire


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.[Warner Bros.]


Review: The score by Mychael Danna is definitely interesting. The score is very laid back with usually a pulsating electronica underscore. Nothing special really, but I am intrigued. It opens up finally in ‘You Cannot Say’ with some great choral pieces. It still lacks something. It feels like it’s almost trying to say something, but doesn’t get the notes out.  [Soundtrack Geek]

Opinion: The soundtrack is definitely very mellow. I definitely won’t be listening to this soundtrack again.

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