Transcendence is the story of Dr. Will Caster, a scientist on the verge of creating the first artificial human being. When he is shot and given four weeks to live his wife and Will's best friend, Max attempt to put his conscience into a computer. It works and the now digital Will demands more power. To get this he is put into the internet where he decides to grow and grow until it gets to a point where he is unstoppable.
Transcendence is a laughable mess. The film's first thirty minutes or so were actually really enjoyable and set the film up for something much greater than how it turned out. Once Will was actually put into the computer the film slowly begun to get scattered, irrelevant, dull and just laughable at times. There are some scenes, that are minor spoilers so be warned, where Will controls people and he talks for them although they keep it in his voice and it's just hysterical, unintentionally of course.
After the first half an hour not a lot happens in the film. Like I said in the previous paragraph, I enjoyed the first half an hour. It was original, intriguing and had a bit of mystery to it. From then on the film just slowed down and begun to repeat scenes over and over and over. The film then proceeds to stand around and watch people talk and walk around. It went from original to boring in the span of a couple of seconds.
Some of the characters are just in the film to be in the film, they have no purpose. Morgan Freeman is the main character that I'm talking about in this paragraph because his character makes no impact into the story. He is literally just in the film so they can advertise that Morgan Freeman is in this movie. He's not even the only character in the film for no reason at all although I really can't be bothered to list them all because it will make this paragraph very long.
There are certain plot points that are just completely ignored by everybody and they all just move on. So many things happen in this film that would at least raise suspensions, but instead they are mentioned once then everybody just moves on. When Will is first put into the internet he puts millions of dollars into his wife's bank account and nobody even blinks. It was ridiculously stupid.
There's one scene of action in the film that was the most pointless scene in the whole movie. Around two thirds into the movie, or just after, there's a scene of confrontation and a bit of shooting, but then people invading just run away with the opposition having easy access to where they went, but it's ignored. I'm not sure how much sense that made, but it was a lot clearer in my head. The action achieved nothing and it was completely boring too.
There are some attempts at humour that feel very out of place. I am a fan of Johnny Depp and I am fond of the goofiness that he brings to most of his movies and towards the start of this film he attempts to do this. The humour in the film is so out of place and just awkward. You can even see Johnny Depp looking a bit embarrassed right after he makes the joke, which he very well should be.
To sum up, Transcendence begins promising although within thirty minutes it morphs into a laughable mess with nothing happening, plot points that are ignored, pointless characters, irrelevant action and lame attempts at humour.