Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Movie Review: Transcendence

Rating: ***1/2

Transcendence was the type of thought-provoking script I would have written when I was still screenwriting (which I will return to doing in the future). The story revolves around the concept of uploading human consciousness into a mega data network that enables the invention and creation of nano technology to regenerate life. I studied nano technology back in the day, and the concept is indeed fascinating.

In the movie, our professor Dr. Will Caster and his wife Evelynn are partners in life and work. After a terrorist organization shoots Will with a radiation-loaded bullet, he dies a slow terrible death. During his death "march" Evelynn figures out how to upload his consciousness into the network. The movie then turns into the government trying to stop what many believe is a bad thing that could destroy the world.

I liked the movie. I thought it begged some interesting questions about technology and the human spirit. It was the type of movie in which you leave and think about the concepts and philosophy behind the story. I gave it 3.5 stars because I was a little reverent about it and not sure if I fully bought the ideas or not. 

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