Opening in theatres this Friday from director Wally Pfister and Alcon Entertainment is the tale of man vs. machine in the race for TRANSCENDENCE.

This film tells the story of Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), a scientist working more on his projects than being with people. Along with wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany) the trio want to find ways for technology to help mankind.

Those who don’t believe in their work is Bree (Kate Mara), part of a group who will do anything to stop Castor. With a single bullet everything changes! Wanting to save her husband, Evelyn and Max begin work that is might cross the line.

When Castor integrates with technology Evelyn knows that they might have crossed the line. Those who realize the madness are Joseph Tagger (Morgan Freeman) and Agent Buchanan (Cillian Murphy) who bring military action headed by Col. Stevens (Cole Hauser).

The truth is clear – just because you can doesn’t mean you should!

FINAL WORD: Depp as Castor does what Depp does best, give a bit of sentimentality to Castor pre-machine. It is after he becomes something else that I lose him. Good thing he brings it around with a little humane ending.

Hall as Evelyn is a woman who wants to save what’s left of the brilliance of her husband. The problem is I just don’t get an emotional range from this character. There isn’t an emotional range change in this character and because of that I just don’t believe in it. By the time I see something tangible I’ve already checked out.

Bettany as Max is the sane one of the bunch. Not in agreement with what they do with Castor and not in agreement with the eco-terrorists, he just knows it’s all wrong. Freeman as Tagger gives his usual solid performance mixed with nothing special added. His role could have been bigger.

Mara as Bree is an angry eco-terrorist and although wants to stop Castor I can’t see how that justifies killing people so not thrilled with that performance. Collins Jr. as Martin get’s a chance to incarnate Depp and run the human-oids!

Other cast include: Clifton Collins Jr., as Martin, Cory Hardrict as Joel Edmund, Falk Hentschel as Bob, Josh Stewart as Paul, Luce Rains as Roger, Fernando Chien as Heng, Steven Liu as Chiu and Xander Berkeley as Dr. Thomas Casey.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give TRANSCENDENCE three tubs of popcorn out of five. I actually feel as if I’m being a little generous here. I understand the storyline and see the potential of it yet it misses in many places. Watching the audience there were many head scratching moments.

Given the two hour play time I had hoped it would come together. It is fairly predictable and has many points I’ve seen in other films. That’s probably what disappoints me a little, I hate sitting through a two hour movie knowing its outcome and being able to point out plots from other films.

Anytime you put Depp, Freeman, Bettany, Mara, and Hall in a film together there is going to be chemistry and there is some here. It just might not be enough to convince audiences that TRANSCENDENCE can live up to its name.

In the end – yesterday Dr. Will Caster was only human!



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