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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.
  • Review: 'Transcendence' rises above the sci-fi genre

     Review: 'Transcendence' rises above the sci-fi genre
    Though its plot and premise are pure science fiction, "Transcendence" goes pleasingly against the genre grain. A story of the possible perils and pleasures of artificial intelligence that stars Johnny Depp, "Transcendence's" ideas are at least as...

    Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' poised for subdued U.S. launch

    Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' poised for subdued U.S. launch
    Johnny Depp's new artificial-intelligence thriller probably lacks the processing power to top the U.S. box office charts this weekend.  The $100-million "Transcendence," in which Depp plays a brilliant researcher, is expected to gross $20 million to $22...

    'Transcendence': Can Johnny Depp rise above his recent misfires?

    'Transcendence': Can Johnny Depp rise above his recent misfires?
    In the new sci-fi film "Transcendence," Johnny Depp plays a scientist who survives a brush with death, though he is forced to upload his consciousness onto a computer to do so. As a leading man, Depp has endured his own share of misfortunes in recent...

    'Transcendence' ponders as it propels

    'Transcendence' ponders as it propels
    Shortly before he began shooting his new artificial-intelligence thriller "Transcendence" last year, filmmaker Wally Pfister flew Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz, a pair of UC Berkeley scientists, to his office in Los Angeles. Professional consultants...