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Transcendence Family Movie Review

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MPAA Rating

for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality

Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Wally Pfister

Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman

Alcon Entertainment

Release Date/In Theaters

Transcendence Movie Review for Parents

-by Ginger

Did you ever want to know what was inside of Johnny Depp's mind, well in Trascendence, you just might get the chance. Maybe you won't be able to see inside of Johnny Depp's mind, but you might get a glimpse into the mind of his character, Dr. Will Caster. This parental guide to the movies finds this sci-fi thriller to be intriguing, but not necessarily one for the whole family.

In this movie, Johnny Depp plays Dr. Will Caster, a prominent researcher in the area of artificial intelligence. He has been working to create a machine that is sentient and that has the ability to learn through collective intelligence. The being will have the experience of all humans ever known and will have a full range of emotions to go along with it. His creation is remarkable, but it is controversial because some fear what it may be capable of doing. Anti-technology extremists try to stop him. When will contracts a terminal illness, he makes himself part of the ultimate experiment. He downloads his entire brain into the entity. Once the download is complete, the artificial/Will being is in an insatiable quest for knowledge, but he seems to have become an unstoppable threat.

This movie was rated PG-13 for some blood, sci-fi action and violence. It does contain some well-placed profanity. There is some sensuality in the movie. When the revolutionaries break into the lab, the employees are shot and the scene shows their bodies lying on the floor dead in grotesque positions. Will is seen with IVs out of his arm in the last days of his life. Will's wife is confronted with the decision of whether to allow Will be shut down, essentially killing her own husband. This these, combined with the violent themes in the movie make it inappropriate for those under the age of 10. It is definitely too scary for the younger ones.

Will continues on his path of destruction, meanwhile, the emotional drama between Will and his wife continue. Will eventually develops a plot to destroy mankind. The theme of this movie has been done before, but not in this way. This is a new twist on the machines become intelligent and try to destroy mankind plot, but this family movie review does not think it is a family friendly movie.

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