Transcendence opened in the UK last week after a very poor reception in the US. It got a critical kicking here too but I still think the film has a lot going for it and so does my fellow critic Robbie Collin…

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  • Comment number 41. Posted by Gav

    on 1 Jul 2014 14:42

    I thought it was ok. I didn't think it was the best film I've ever seen but I didn't hate like a lot of people did.

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  • Comment number 40. Posted by Ralf Augsburg

    on 26 May 2014 10:28

    The ultimative test: I - more than prepared thanks to the thoughtful and thereby wonderful wittertainment discussions - saw it with a girl friend who knew NOTHING about it. After a zillion trailers (my friend: "You´re not a truck...you´re a transformer...please, can it get any dumber?") we were both won over by this thought-provoking, somber, sad, wonderfully unagitated, perfectly performed movie. Those who expect crash-bang will surely be disappointed but I admire precisely that: A piece of art which has the courage to ask ultimatively unanswerable questions and is willing to dwell on sad, uneasy feelings instead of blowing things to smithereens. It´s a movie about the acceptance of loss, the unability of letting go, the consequences for us, our loved ones and our environment which accrue from that behaviour. The price we are willing to pay to pursue our dreams...the nightmares, the pressure in which those "dreams" can turn. I give credit especially to the filmmakers for not condemning either side. There is no "right" and "wrong"...each decision you make will be the right one - you will never know what would have been if you chose otherwise. Thus the appropriately ambigious ending. In short: I am with you on that, good Doctor. Coming from someone who does not especially like "The Exorcist"...

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  • Comment number 39. Posted by Los4Words

    on 16 May 2014 08:53

    I’m glad MK stuck out for Transcendence as I was put off by the general condemnation and wouldn’t have gone otherwise. I found it absorbing, challenging even, with little problem about pace. It explored the big questions - how much control should we invest in AI to improve life, is there life after physical death, what is the essence of being human, and a clever one - haven’t we always being trying to create God?

    The narrative worked despite the questionable framework using flashback from the beginning because it kept you wondering not just if the good guys were going to win but asking who ARE the good guys? Which side am I on?

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  • Comment number 38. Posted by Martin Jack

    on 11 May 2014 20:12

    My positive review of "Transcendence": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf92fqWNZkQ

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  • Comment number 37. Posted by Harry Limes Shadow

    on 6 May 2014 19:24

    Having belatedly caught up with Transcendence this afternoon, i'm going to side with the doubters. Films like Gattaca, Children of Men and yes, Prometheus, have shown that you can deal with big ideas in a way that is accessible to a mass audience, this isn't one of them. Ultimately i was never interested or engaged with the characters, William and Evelyn are supposed to be in love but i never felt it, so i couldn't get interested in the story or the themes it explored. In the end the whole endeavour felt terribly dreary.

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by portland182

    on 5 May 2014 14:19

    I liked Transcendence. I liked that it had a slow pace. I liked the great cinematography. I liked Johnny Depp's performance, and Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany. I liked seeing nanobot 'magic' on the screen, and I liked the twist at the climax.
    There are a few problems. The ideal place for invasive brain surgery is a basketball court? The might of the US govt is 20 guys, an old canon, and 6 jeeps? The internet cannot be restarted because? The new luddites are prepared to kill based on absolutely no evidence? The script is a bit lumpy.
    But I still liked it.

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by babyfacemichael

    on 4 May 2014 20:18

    I want to make a comment about bias in Film Critics, Film critics have power. A lot of us judge whether or not to go and see a film on their collective opinion ,and we expect an honest appraisal of a films merits and faults. We have a right to that. In Marks review he did anything to defend this film from the avalanche of criticism it has received. He accentuated the positive and negated the negative ( All Hail Bing !!) because of his bias towards the film maker. He enjoyed the film, good for him, but he went over a line in trying to defend it to the level he did. Its faults and lack of logic are facts that the majority of critics and audience didnt enjoy.
    I love many things.I love Lynne Ramsey and am a self confessed fan. I love Ratcatcher and We Need to Talk About Kevin, but I don`t like Morvern Callar, I find it well directed but emotionless and forgettable . I am very brutal in my criticism, and argue with many, but I am honest. I often find myself in a minority of one, that`s OK but I admit that I am I dont try and change the landscape to fit my opinion . I have a right to be wrong. The truth is most people who go to see this film will be disappointed., statistics say so.

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by Size

    on 3 May 2014 14:08

    I think that comparing Captain America and Transcendence is somewhat unfair as CATWS has no illusions as to what it is. It is a Marvel action film that is not trying to be profound in any way. It is simply trying to entertain which is ultimately what all films should do and is what CATWS does. Transcendence is a well shot noble failure at best (These ideas really really really have been done before and better Mark) and Im not sure that comparing it to CATWS helps your case as a somewhat petty and elitist air enters the equation. Im sorry Mark but most people just didnt like this film and maybe you should just quietly let this one go. This has happened to me and Im sure everybody else here; that one film that you like that no matter what you say you just cant get your friends to like it or see it in the same way you do. BTW the action at the end of CATWS does have narrative consequences for the whole Marvel series and wasnt simply running jumping and shooting as you put it.

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by MrHennerzz

    on 3 May 2014 06:08

    I have just watched transcendence and I really liked it. Yes there was some script problems in places but that is where the problem is with the film in the script. But overall It had some interesting points great acting all round.

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by Johnny Friendly

    on 2 May 2014 23:40

    I'd give the film a look but the main concept has been explored before in other movies.

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