If you enjoy most Johnny Depp films chances are you have been counting the minutes until Transcendence hit theaters. Depp plays Will Caster who gets shot and transfers his consciousness to a computer so he can save everything he knows and keep his personality but then it all goes haywire.
The reviews for Transcendence are not really good as you can see below but the film was just released out on Netflix and Redbox and you can now watch it on your computer.
It tries to be more introspective , more intelligent, more contemplative. It fails, of course. It fails because the ideas that TRANSCENDENCE tries to convey are so silly, and rather than genuinely explore our relationship with an increasingly technological world, it takes the stupider route. There isn’t a plot point that we don’t see coming a mile away, and there isn’t a single character that doesn’t behave like a bad plot construct rather than a real person.
This is a very expensive film that nonetheless has the narrative claustrophobia of a far cheaper production.
Indeed, long before the Web goes bust, “Transcendence” has already flatlined.
If you are a fan of the genre, the concepts explored in Transcendence are evocative, even if the ideas are imperfectly expressed. Ultimately, the film is a missed opportunity, though; long on ideas and short on execution.