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'Transcendence': Techno-thriller doesn't compute, critics say
'Transcendence': Techno-thriller doesn't compute, critics say

Longtime Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister chose an ambitious film for his directing debut in "Transcendence," a sci-fi thriller starring Johnny Depp as a brilliant AI researcher who uploads his consciousness to a computer after being mortally wounded. While some film critics appreciate Pfister's initiative, most have found "Transcendence" to be plagued by lapses in logic and ponderous storytelling. In one of the more positive reviews of the film, the Times' Kenneth Turan writes, "'Transcendence' goes pleasingly against the grain." Pfister and first-time screenwriter Jack Paglen don't get everything right: "exposition is not always sharp, emotional connections (with the...

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