Rebecca Hall (Evelyn Caster), Kate Mara (Bree), Cillian Murphy (Donald
Buchanan), Cole Hauser (Colonel Stevens), Paul Bettany (Max Waters), Clifton Collins Jr. (Martin),
Cory Hardrict (Joel Edmund)
Annie Marter, David Valdes, Aaron Ryder
Alcon Entertainment, DMG Entertainment, Straight Up Films
by: Warner Bros. Pictures (United States & Canada), Summit
Entertainment (International), Entertainment Film Distributors (UK)
artificial intelligence. The movie begins with Max Waters’ (Paul Bettany) visit
to a house in Berkeley, which shows that the society has taken major
technological steps backwards. The computers are useless now, and are literally
used as doorstops, the networks have failed. A voice over by Max lets us know
that many cities are without power. In fact chaos is there since armed soldiers
are shown openly patrolling the streets.
by five years. Dr. Will Caster (Johney Depp), an artificial intelligence
researcher is at the forefront of a team of scientists who are in the process
of creating PINN (Physically Independent Neural Network), an artificially
intelligent computer that possesses Sentience and Collective intelligence.
wife of Dr. Will Caster), who also wants to change the world, heal the planet through
artificial intelligence, hosts a conference to attract potential sponsors.
There, Will Caster suggests during his presentation that it would be so
wonderful that if all the computers in the world, which are already smarter
than us, become self-aware too. He talks of his research Transcendence i.e.
convergence of artificial intelligence and human intelligence.
anti-Artificial Intelligence (anti-AI) extremist soon after the presentation.
Simultaneously, anti-AI attacks and kills many team members in various AI
research facilities in the world. Will survives the bullet, but doctors
discover that the bullet was laced with radioactive materials which will
eventually stop the functioning of all vital organs, resulting to death. Will
is left with just 4-5 weeks of life.
of saving Will, or at least his mind, by using the quantum processors of PINN
to essentially upload Will’s brain (consciousness) into cyberspace, where he
can live forever. She asks good friend and fellow researcher Max to do so. They
almost succeed in their attempt, but Max soon feels that AI version of Will may
not be Will at all. Max is shown the door by Evelyn who is very happy to feel
the digital form of her husband and starts connecting Will to the cyber world.
confronted and captured by Bree (Kate Mara), the leader of Revolutionary
Independence from Technology (RIFT), the extremist group, which had carried out
the attack on Will Castor, his lab and scientists.
Will takes control over the situation? How he protects Evelyn? What Max is
asked to do by RIFT? How does Evelyn survive with Will’s support? What roles
FBI agents Joseph Tagger (Morgan Freeman, a friend of Will and Evelyn) and Donald Buchanan (Cillian
Murphy) play in getting Max back? How do they get to track down Max? What was
the purpose of Will behind building Brightwood Data Center? What were Will’s
intentions: was it to build a better society, or to destroy the society? Could
he complete his research on Transcendence with Evelyn? Is digitally surviving
Will dangerous? Does Evelyn ever lose trust upon Will? What shape does the
relationship between Will and Evelyn take later on? Does Will become a threat
to Evelyn? What does RIFT do? How does the movie conclude – with the global
blackout or further chance of transcendence? Watch the movie to seek answers.
Wally Pfister. Though he has not got great reviews from various critics for
this movie, but I think, his efforts are appreciable.
deserves your viewership.
it and find out whether Transcendence permeates real lives or not !!!