Johnny Depp plays Dr. Will Caster, scientist working toward his goal of creating a sagacious, perceptive machine.-a revolutionary breakthroughs in the field of artificial intelligence.
In “Transcendence”, Dr. Caster was getting too close so a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent him from establishing a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.
“Imagine a machine with the full range of human emotion”,
says Dr. Will Caster in a presentation to a standing room only auditorium.
“Its analytical power will be greater than the collective intelligence of every person in the history of the world. Some scientists refer to this as the singularity. I call it Transcendence.”
Shortly after Dr. Caster utters those acclamations, the radical anti-technology terrorist group unleashes a series of attacks on labs across the country, killing a number of prominent geniuses and erasing decades of research.
And then one evening, Will is shot. The bullet only grazes him, but it’s coated with a deadly toxin that will end his life within weeks. Suddenly Will begins transforming into a mind-blowing thriller.
It’s a perfectly opportune vehicle that gives Will, Evelyn and their best friend Max (Paul Bettany) enough time to rig up a secret lab where they will attempt to upload every single thought, memory and personality trait of Will in an effort to keep the essence of Will alive after Will’s body gives out.
Computerized Will exists only as a voice and a moving image on a flat screen. Morgan Freeman plays Joseph Tagger, a mentor to Evelyn and Will. He is amazed when he first encounters Will in his new technical role. Of course, it gets out of hand. It’s the FBI agent, played by Cillian Murphy, is sure that this IT intellect will be an undeniable threat to the world.
Will’s computerized-human intelligence is so multi-dimensional that it is used to solve world issues. But then Will starts talking about acquiring bank codes and amassing tremendous wealth and wants to build a secret underground bunker in New Mexico.
This movie is like 'The Lawnmower Man' (1992) in the 21st century, which written by Stephen King and Brett Leonard, where a simple man becomes a genius though the application of computer science.
This dramatic, Sci-Fi, Thriller is 119 minutes of futuristic theory. This bold speculation may be in reach with the potential of today’s technology.
I would place “Transcendence” as a top shelf science fiction thriller.