Transcendence Saturday, 28 March 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Science fiction themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Non-pc love.

  • Starring:

    Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, Clifton Collins Jr.

  • Directed by:

    Wally Pfister

  • Running time:

    119 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are shot, punched, kicked, hit, abducted, choked, threatened at gunpoint, poisoned, caged, bound, handcuffed, arrested, pursued, grabbed, beaten. Explosions, fireballs, smashed objects, broken glass, break-and-enter, burning debris, vehicle collision/rollover. Yelling, shouting, arguing. Blood/gore: Bloody faces, torsos, heads, clothing, cuts, scratches. Blood splatter, bloody bullet wounds, corpses, bruising, scars. Medical procedures: Injections (including eyeball), surgical procedures, flatlining, surgery drill, wound-dressing, blood samples, IV drip, patients in hospital beds, oxygen mask. Brain/neural maps and scans, veins, healing.


    A couple have bedroom sex. Kissing. People wear singlets, skimpy clothing. Shirtless men.


    People are poisoned with dioxin, injected with unknown serum. Prescription medication consumed. Alcohol (beer, spirits, wine).


    S-word. Religious exclamations.


    Artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, the internet, neural engineering, research and development, blood sampling, radiation poisoning, grief, computer hacking, healing, quantum processing, blindness, regeneration, Y2K, evolution, computer viruses, sacrifice, love, ethics, god complex, terrorism.


    Deceased husband/friend. Spreading ashes. Hospital, bar settings. Monkeys, dog, seagull, dove, goldfish. Light aircraft, thunder, vomiting, toilet. Cancer, Alzheimer's mentioned. Fast editing, bright light flash.


    Bold, beautiful, futuristic, confounding, stunning, heady, thoughtful, shrewd, stylish, low-key, real, intriguing, ambitious, grounded, smart. Awe-inspiring closing image, portentous score.


    Over-the-top, muted, messy, confused, flawed, muddled, familiar, over-plotted, derivative, disembodied, preposterous, unfathomable, boring. Silly premise, overbearing tone, bland imagery, lethargic direction, droning narration, strained performance from Depp, underwhelming ending.

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