Transcendence is a new science fiction film starring Johnny Depp as a computer scientist working on advanced artificial intelligence. He and many other people working on artificial intelligence around the country are attacked by a terrorist organization, who want to prevent Depp and others from creating a world where computers can “transcend” abilities of the human brain. Depp’s character is shot with a radiation-laced bullet, the bullet narrowly misses him but he gets radiation poisoning. His wife (Rebecca Hall) decides the only way to save him is to copy him into the artificial intelligence. There wasn’t much acting coming out of Depp in this movie because he was supposed to be part machine. So, it all comes down to Hall’s character as the wife, and I think she does really well. Transcendence is a hardcore science fiction movie. It talks about the differences between people and artificial intelligence and the morality of it. Eventually, the U.S. government sides with the terrorists because they also begin to see Depp’s character as a threat. Although he avoids being violent throughout the film, it’s obvious that he still worries those in charge. I really enjoyed this movie. It makes you think about what makes you a person and what the difference would be if a computer program could act and feel like humans do. If you like science fiction, I would suggest that you go out and see this movie.
Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.