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Tips On Transcendence

Tuesday 26 August 2014, 14:53

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

Wally Pfister’s debut feature Transcendence is now available on DVD and BluRay. Here are some tips on how to best enjoy this highly underrated film.

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    Comment number 1.

    Just let it go mate

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    Comment number 2.

    I’m just loving the ironic humour here.

    Having to go to the length of telling people how to watch a film in order for them to agree that it’s great cinema is about as paradoxical as banning a film that’s about not letting people in positions of trust and authority tell you must think.

    I’ve got one or two things to say. Look, you’ve got it all wrong. You don’t need to follow Mark. You don’t need to follow anybody. You’ve got to think for yourselves. You’re all individuals.

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    Comment number 3.

    "Ignore what critics tell you".

    Thanks for that Mark as that is exactly what I'm doing here. The film was dull and pedestrian. I'm all for old fashioned film making and an emphasis on plot, sound etc in the place of big explosions....but this has none of those qualities.

    Seriously....give it up. Its just crap.

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    Comment number 4.

    In response to each of the points you make in the video:

    1) No matter who you count as the main character, no one in the film gives a good performance, making this point irrelevant
    2)I agree that a lack of action is in no way a solid basis of criticism. However, a film can have little action and still be interesting and exciting (look at David Fincher's films for proof). Transcendence, unfortunately, is neither of these.
    3) Yes, the soundtrack is excellent, but that doesn't mean the film it's attached too is of greater merit because of it
    4) I'm sorry, but to say this film isn't trying to compete with Inception is baloney. Indeed, Transcendence uses old fashioned storytelling. But that doesn't excuse a lazy script and poor direction
    5) Ignore what the critics say? Quite how this is a reason to enjoy the film more I don't know. The film has a 39% public approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It's not just critics who are recognising the films many faults. It is the movie-going public too.

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    Comment number 5.

    Good lord this is patronising.

    "Listen carefully children while I tell you how to watch this film because you're too stupid to figure it out yourself"

    Do you honestly think he critical panning this film got was down to people 'not watching it properly'. If only all the critics had had a massage and listened to an Enya album beforehand, then they'd be able to appreciate how good this film was!!!!

    Read that last sentence, does it sound crazy? That's your argument.


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