Film review – Transcendence (12A)

“People are suffering, I can fix them!”

Will Caster (played by Johnny Depp), and wife Evelyn, (played by Rebecca Hall), are devoted scientists with a particular interest in the human mind.  They appear to have successfully transferred thought processes between monkeys and feel they are on the verge of a big breakthrough, but first they need to give a presentation in order to attain more funding for their research.

All seems to go well, but after the conference Will is shot, though not instantly fatal, Will has limited time left to live.  Wife Evelyn comes up with an idea for saving Will’s brain through painstaking recording masses of data whilst he is still alive.

If you switch your brain off and go along purely to watch Mr. Depp, you’re likely to enjoy this film a lot more!  It’s begins with a small degree of plausibility to those with an open mind, but science soon turns into extreme science fiction.  I found the jump was too much and as the film progresses it looses credibility.  At the start of the film, we are told nano technology is at least 20 years away….but a couple of months later, nano cells are taking over the planet and can fix everything from humans to satellites! Toward the end it felt like I was watching one of the ‘Terminator’ films.

Don’t get me wrong, the film never set out to be anything more than a story, but even fiction has to maintain a degree of plausibility.  There are decent performances by the actors, but an actor is only as good as the script.  It’s not a terrible film, but would’ve been so much better if it was less ‘spectacular’ towards the end.

See it if you liked: Source Code

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