Transcendence is a 2014 British-Chinese-American science fiction film. It tells the same over-told story of how over-dependence on technology can lead to our destruction. And while the story itself has some new things in it, the formula seems the same old time-tested one: an evil genius with excessive computing power gobbling up the world, and a small group of tech-resistant humans trying to protect it.

Johnny Depp as the genius Dr. Will Caster seems uninterested but Rebecca Hall as the wife of the genius, Evelyn, stands out with her emotional performance – a classic case of how even the dumbest of roles can become interesting with the right person in it.

Debutant director Wally Pfister, a long time veteran of the Nolan production circle, fails to impress with his first film. Even though there are touches of the cinematographic expertise from the Dark Knight and Inception, the film fails to tick the right marks. The film is produced by Christopher Nolan and has the same obsessive cleanliness that marks Nolan films.

Director: Wally Pfister
Cast: Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser, Paul Bettany, Clifton Collins Jr. and Cory Hardict
Producer: Christopher Nolan
Run time: 120 minutes
Rating: PG13



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