‘Transcendence’: The Reviews Are In

The Johnny Depp sci-fi thriller is having a hard time with the critics.

It’s hard to deny that for his first directorial effort, Christopher Nolan’s go-to cinematographer Wally Pfister went big. “Transcendence” starsJohnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Morgan Freeman, among many others, and attempts to tackle classic sci-fi tropes.

What critics are calling into question, however, is how successful Pfister is at all of this. The reviews for the Oscar winners first film are far from transcendent. 

See what the critics are saying about “Transcendence” starring Johnny Depp below. 

The Story
“Depp, who essentially Skypes in his performance, plays Dr. Will Caster. He and his researcher wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), have pioneered AI experiments inching the human race ever-closer to ‘transcendence,’ the ability to imbue a fantastically powerful computer with the personality, memories and foibles of a human being. Then anti-tech terrorists launch a series of attacks, and Dr. Caster is critically injured in an assassination attempt. At death’s door he enlists Evelyn and a fellow AI whiz (Paul Bettany) to digitize the good doctor’s big brain, thereby “saving” the best of the dying man and allowing him to live on in the form of a machine, all-knowing, all-seeing, thirsty for knowledge and with the attractive, implacable face of Johnny Depp.” — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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