Mini-Review: Transcendence

An early candidate for mindf*** movie of the year

Though its ideas are thought-provoking and grand in scale, time restrictions prevent Transcendence’s premise from being fleshed out completely. As a result it suffers from lapses in logic. Aside from that pretty much everything about it is cool, and its themes are definitely worthy of conversation.

This was Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, so expect things to be rough around the edges narrative-wise. He served as Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer for The Dark Knight, Inception and Memento so for effects and visuals there’s really nothing to complain about. But I still believe it would’ve been a better film had he started out with a relatively less ambitious project. The 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is quite misleading. If you’re interested in seeing it, don’t let that discourage you! Just lower your expectations a bit.

GRADE: C+

 

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