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Transcendence (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 18 April 2014 (USA)
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A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Edmund
Steven Liu ...
Dr. Thomas Casey


Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can...but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will's thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him. Written by Warner Bros.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 April 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Transcendence: Identidad virtual  »

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Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,886,386, 20 April 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film takes place in 2021. See more »


In the beginning of the movie, Will Caster is putting up a copper-netting to create a zone where there's no wireless signals. This is called a Faraday Cage and would not work as depicted - it needs to be a complete cage of thin copper-mesh, not just a web that's hanging from some poles. See more »


[first lines]
Max Waters: They say there's power in Boston. Some phone service in Denver. But things are far from what they were. Maybe it was all invevitable. An unavoidable collision between mankind and technology. The Internet was meant to make the world a smaller place. But it actually feels smaller without it. I knew Will and Evelyn Caster better than anyone. I knew their brillance. Their dedication to what they believed in. And to what they loved.
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Featured in Transcendence: The Promise of A.I. (2014) See more »


Written by Jorma Kaukonen
Performed by Jorma Kaukonen
Courtesy of RCA Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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This movie is utter stupidity, waste of time - save yourself from this trash!
4 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

This must be one of the most stupid movies in recent memory, and not only in sci-fi genre. It takes a fascinating premise of technological singularity, and then trashes it in a way only the most talentless of the Hollywood money infused brainwashing idiots could. The level of banality, predictability and plain BOREDOM in this painfully long 2 hour movie is appalling. There are almost no redeeming qualities, save for some nice CGI effects that could do well in a mediocre sci-fi game. But intellectually, this movie is a dumbing, tiresome experience, too boring to capture attention of anyone, let alone 3-5 year old screenwriters' intellectual peers. This is trash at its worst. Compared to this, the famed "Room" is a masterpiece - it is at least great in being bad. This movie is consistently tedious, empty and shallow, illogical and plain stupid, but even in its stupidity and trashiness it is merely - mediocre. The only thing it is good for is wasting your time and making you feel annoyed that you gave a chance to this utter demonstration of complete lack of not only talent, but basic brain functions of the authors of the movie, especially those who "worked" on the so-called "script". A Google translate AI from mixture of Arabic, Chinese and Swahili would generate a more valuable and sensible piece of screen writing and I am talking about a mumble-jumble version of some years ago. The movie appeals to morons only, from techno-naive places like Bulgaria who swallow Hollywood trash with their GMO cancer inducing drugs, happy in their oblivion. Don't waste your time and nerves!

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