In an effort to get more reviews posted in a timely manner, I have created the "MiniView" which is a less comprehensive yet still informative version of my normal movie reviews. You'll still get the basic info and a solid recap of what I thought of the movie, I just won't go into quite as much detail.
Transcendence is a movie directed by Wally Pfister who is most well known for being the man behind the camera in just about every one of Christopher Nolan's creations. This time around, he ventures out on his own to create a near future science fiction epic that attempts to show what might happen when humans try to mind meld with a computer.
Johnny Depp, in yet another attempt at blockbuster success outside of the Pirates franchise, plays Dr. Will Caster who is on the verge of some pretty amazing scientific discoveries when a terrorist group puts his life in jeopardy. As a last resort, Will attempts something unheard of to not only save his research from being destroyed, but his very life as well.
Movies that try to cover this type of subject matter often either fall flat or get so convoluted, they end up not making any sense at all. Unfortunately, Transcendence actually achieves both negatives in one fell swoop. As the story unfolded, I found myself not really caring about what was happening which ruined any chance for the twists at the end to have any impact at all. Even solid performances by Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, and Kate Mara couldn't do anything to make this anything more than a forgettable mess of a movie.