Transcendence

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A brilliant innovator in the field of Artificial Intelligence becomes the bridge in the gap between man and machine in this sci-fi thriller starring Johnny Depp. His entire career, Dr. Will Caster (Depp) has been working toward one goal -- to create a machine possessing the entire spectrum of human emotions, and the collective intelligence of every person who has ever lived. But while Dr. Caster's unorthodox experiments have made him famous in scientific circles, a radical anti-tech group known as Rift is ...
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Overview

A brilliant innovator in the field of Artificial Intelligence becomes the bridge in the gap between man and machine in this sci-fi thriller starring Johnny Depp. His entire career, Dr. Will Caster (Depp) has been working toward one goal -- to create a machine possessing the entire spectrum of human emotions, and the collective intelligence of every person who has ever lived. But while Dr. Caster's unorthodox experiments have made him famous in scientific circles, a radical anti-tech group known as Rift is determined to stop him at all costs. In the midst of an attack on A.I. labs across the United States, one Rift agent manages to shoot Dr. Caster with a radioactive bullet, ensuring his death. Little did Rift realize that their efforts to destroy Dr. Caster would only make him stronger than they ever could have imagined, because before he dies, his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max (Paul Bettany) successfully transfer Dr. Caster's consciousness into a computer, where his hunger for knowledge and power transforms him into an unstoppable force of sentient energy inhabiting every computer and electrical system on the planet. Morgan Freeman co-stars.
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Special Features

What is Transcendence?: the concept of "transcendence" is discussed by cast and filmmakers as we look inside the film's exploration of Artificial Intelligence and the Singularity; ; Wally Pfister: A Singular Vision: step inside the creative process of visionary director Wally Pfister to see how he juggles the dazzling, technologically advanced visuals along with guiding the cast through their intense character arcs
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Cammila Collar
Anybody who's seen their share of sci-fi knows that scientists are big fans of uploading their consciousness onto computers. With a thorough scan of his own brain, a mad genius can use the data to create a simulated version of himself, which is usually intended to make his knowledge and expertise available after his death via the spiffy/creepy interface of his own voice and personality. In some cases, this act prompts very little reaction from others, aside from some clunky exposition to explain the deus ex machina of him being there and a general appreciation for his helpful pointers (see: Superman's hologram dad in Man of Steel; the pilot for Jem and the Holograms). But in other cases, the mere idea that a person's inner self can be replicated via a machine freaks everyone out, and poses terrifying questions related to the existence of the soul and the ultimate meaning of the human experience (see: Transcendence). The scientist who embarks on the ill-advised adventure in this instance is Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), whom we first see giving a sort of TED Talk about his work with artificial intelligence. He explains, with guileless optimism, how he just can't wait for that moment when computers become self-aware -- a concept often called the "technological singularity," which you may remember from the Terminator and Matrix franchises as the reason for the apocalypse. But Will isn't worried; he thinks that humans will evolve to accommodate this leap and usher in a new era of human/machine consciousness. He gets to test this theory almost immediately after the talk, when an antitechnology activist shoots him with some kind of isotope-laced bullet (?) that will slowly kill him over the course of about a month. That's just enough time for Will's wife and partner in AI research Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) to upload every detail of his brain onto a computer system, including, with any luck, his every memory and thought. The hope is that Will's conscious life will continue even after his body dies, and he and Evelyn won't have to bear the pain of separation. And it works! Sort of. Evelyn's happy about virtual Will, but everybody else is terrified. After all, he's effectively achieved the "singularity" he was talking about, and with the entire Internet at his disposal, he can exist in any computer in the world, earn Evelyn a bazillion dollars on the stock market, and help her set up a giant lab in Nevada to carry out their vision for that new era he was talking about right before he got shot. The CIA is worried that the power they're amassing with Will's limitless capabilities isn't safe for the rest of the world, and there's some underlying creepiness about whether virtual Will should be trusted. There's doubt from the word "go" as to whether the entity that first speaks to Evelyn through the terminal is really Will, and this should be no surprise, because fiction has been grappling with what exactly constitutes the "self" for ages. We wonder: Is a copy of Will still Will? If Will has a soul, does it reside in his uploaded consciousness? Or has his soul moved on to some afterlife? And in that case, what does that make virtual Will? In a weird way, these themes play out across most genres, not just Asimovian sci-fi. Films about zombies are more or less always wrestling with the fear that there's some ephemeral component to the human experience, and that if you lost it, you'd become something horrifying at the bottom of the uncanny valley, alive in all ways except the one that makes you who you are. In zombie movies, that turns you into animated meat. In science fiction, you become a freaky, disembodied voice. All of this thematic stuff is worth noting, because Transcendence is otherwise very straightforward. There's no Matrix-sequels abstract weirdness or Kubrickian symbolism; it's just a totally literal narrative. That opens the film up to some problems: Namely, the fact that when you ask a deep question in the text (as opposed to the subtext), you have to answer it in the text, and it's hard to do that without sounding stupid. However, the movie is far from a vapid attempt to cover complex ideas solely through stunts and explosions (see: I, Robot), or a psychodrama that only uses science-fiction ideas to serve a personal premise (see: Her). In a way, the relatively balanced approach that Transcendence takes to its subject matter is the most interesting thing about it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2014
  • UPC: 883929387830
  • Original Release: 2014
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,748

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Dr. Will Caster
Paul Bettany Max Waters
Rebecca Hall Evelyn
Morgan Freeman , Joseph Tagger
Kate Mara , Bree
Cole Hauser , Colonel Stevens
Cillian Murphy Agent Buchanan
Clifton Collins Jr. Martin
Cory C. Hardrict Joel Edmund
Falk Hentschel Bob
Josh Stewart Paul
Luce Rains Roger
Fernando Chien Heng
Steven Liu Chiu
Xander Berkeley Dr. Thomas Casey
Lukas Haas James Thomas
Wallace Langham Dr. Strauss
James Burnett Meth Head #1
Sam Quinn Meth Head #2
Sam Webb Red Hooded Teenager
Christopher Gartin Tech Conference Coordinator
Olivia Taylor Dudley Groupie
Abraham Jallad Rift Hacker
Lauren Sivan Reporter
Laramie Cooley BDC Greeter
Nancy Jeris BDC Servant
Colin Jones FBI Agent
Dylan Kenin FBI Agent
Chad Brummett Solar Field Worker
Antonio Del Prete Will In Hybrid
Jon Kristian Moore Will In Hybrid
John Trejo Special Forces On Roof
Matthew J. Berkovitz Campus Security
Darren Patrick Leis Medical Lab Tech
Donna D. Brown Rift Surgeon
Richard "Daniel" Williams Rift Surgeon
Zackeriah Carpenter Rift Medical Tech
Christina Lancellotti Rift Medical Tech
Kristen Rakes Computer Programmer
Seth Adkins Miserable Student
Dean Bailey Edge Driver
Gary Dionne Biscuit Driver
Bruce Benson Pilot
Fred North Pilot
Rick Shuster Pilot
Technical Credits
Wally Pfister Director
Tosin Akinwoye Special Effects
Deva Anderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Yasunobu Arahori Special Effects
Brad Arensman Associate Producer
Zeljko Barcan Special Effects
Jan Berner Special Effects
Romain Besnard Special Effects
Wu Bing Executive Producer
Regency Boies Co-producer
Jo Edna Boldin Casting
Willie D. Burton Sound Mixer
Yolanda Cochran Co-producer
Kate Cohen Producer
Vincent D'Angelo Producer
Dan Mintz Executive Producer
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Nancy Deren Set Decoration/Design
Thomas Frohling Art Director
Ricardo Guillermo Set Decoration/Design
Jess Hall Cinematographer
Scott Herbertson Set Decoration/Design
Gregory Scott Hooper Art Director
Aiman A Humaideh Asst. Director
Broderick Johnson Producer
Andrew Kosove Producer
George Little Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Mangini Sound/Sound Designer
Annie Marter Producer
Christopher Nolan Executive Producer
Harry E. Otto Art Director
Jack Paglen Screenwriter
Sam Painter Camera Operator
John Papsidera Casting
Marisa Polvino Producer
Scott Andrew Robertson Asst. Director
Scott Robertson Co-producer
Siobhan Roome Set Decoration/Design
David Rosenbloom Editor
Aaron Ryder Producer
Chris Seagers Production Designer
Bjarne Sletteland Art Director
Emma Thomas Executive Producer
Sally Thornton Set Decoration/Design
David Valdes Producer
Frederic Valleur Special Effects Supervisor
Clint Wallace Art Director
Steven P. Wegner Co-producer
Xiao Wenge Executive Producer
Ron Yates Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Transcendence
1. Chapter 1 [11:20]
2. Chapter 2 [8:00]
3. Chapter 3 [11:38]
4. Chapter 4 [8:45]
5. Chapter 5 [10:33]
6. Chapter 6 [10:05]
7. Chapter 7 [5:40]
8. Chapter 8 [5:00]
9. Chapter 9 [9:03]
10. Chapter 10 [9:23]
11. Chapter 11 [10:56]
12. Chapter 12 [10:20]
13. Chapter 13 [8:22]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Transcendence
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   Scene Selections
   Languages
      Audio
         English
         Français
         Español
      Subtitles
         English Subtitles (For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing): On
         Français Subtitles: On
         Español Subtitles: On
         Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      What Is Transcendence?
      Wally Pfister: A Singular Vision
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  • Posted August 16, 2014

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    We don't know who to root for, in this Singularly eco wonder. G

    We don't know who to root for, in this Singularly eco wonder. Great to know one actress survived House of Cards. At least one inside joke, spreading Johnny Depp all over the entire Internet via a telephone jack (dialup or DSL, we don't know), is hardly a spoiler in a movie that uses an old idea. Great computer graphics. Wife satisfied seeing JD in another role.

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