March 5, 2014 by Chris Reynolds
Transcendence is classic science fiction with a modern feel. This film practically screams, beware inhuman intelligence. It echoes of the Matrix, Terminator, Eagle Eye, Battlestar Galactica… where artificial intelligence and machines rise up against their creators in order to “advance” life on earth.
Take a look at the second full trailer for this film… oh and if you are trying to place that voice that speaks at 00:14… yes that is Paul Bettany AKA JARVIS from Iron Man.
Again, to me, this movie feels familiar, yet new… The theme of creating new life that turns on humanity is one that has been done to death. But it is the way this film appears to approach this subject that has my attention.
A resistance has risen up, to eliminate the threat of this new technology before it is put into play… and effectively wounding Will critically, and ultimately killing him. Perhaps Sarah Conner had something to do with this? At any rate, this doesn’t deter Rebecca Hall’s character, Evelyn, from moving forward with an even more dangerous idea, rocketing the human race into danger mode by resurrecting the deceased scientist… or at least… part of him. Creating something else entirely.
And even when Johnny Depp’s character, Will, becomes a power hungry computer program and enters a clearly dangerously rampant state, she still fights to keep him “alive” and thriving… So it is a human aspect that appears to bring this once-human, now power hungry robot-creating machine, into power… It is Evelyn’s humanity that keeps allowing Will to become potentially more and more dangerous… could it be love that dooms the human race? Or can love be enough to save us?
We will have to wait and see. But in the meantime, I want to hear what you think in the comments below.