Folio Weekly

April 15, 2014 6:28 PM

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Folio Weekly

Transcendence is timely and prescient, a thoughtful meditation on the dangers of technology and the megalomania of humanity. With talk of artificial intelligence, neuro-engineering and regenerative cell mutations, clearly the filmmakers did their research in crafting a feasible sci-fi thriller. They're also a bunch of fools to intentionally give away the ending in the opening moments, then still try for dramatic tension leading back to the ending we already know.

It will come as no surprise that Johnny Depp's character is a disheveled, savvy, mumbler and never clean-cut. Depp hasn't played a "normal guy" since, well, ever, and there's no need to start now. His Will is a world-renowned scientist on the verge of a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. Will'...

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