Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 119 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 13+. Some violence (including some killings, an assassination attempt, shootings, some explosions, and fistfights) and implied sexual content, including a couple in bed together kissing with a sheet covering them. But otherwise, it’s pretty tame for a PG-13 movie.
‘Transcendence’ is the worst kind of movie: one that takes itself far too seriously, even though it has very little to say. Aside from an underused ensemble cast, the movie is built on the kind of scantly explained science that will ultimately disinterest viewers—if it doesn’t already convince them that ‘science is evil, or something.’
By Roxana Hadadi
A movie like “Transcendence” could have been great. Johnny Depp in his first role in a while where he’s not playing a pirate or a vampire or a breakdancing children’s fairytale character? Great! A supporting ensemble cast featuring Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, and Cillian Murphy? Also great! And a realistic story about the potential ethical quandaries of cutting-edge scientific, medical, and technological breakthroughs? Well, that’s where “Transcendence” falls apart, and the frustratingly simplistic, ultimately repetitive plot ruins everything it touches.