Posts Tagged ‘Transcendence’

This week I found three really mediocre looking sci-fi movies that are coming out. I apologize now. Before you read about them here are other things I think you should do with your time instead.

1. Tell your loved ones that you love them.
2. Plan for our inevitably bleak future by learning a skill like… farming or bee keeping!
3. Watch Bravest Warriors again!
4. Count how many times they say the word “but” or the homonym “butt” in the third Transformers movie.
5. Scroll up illegal cinemas files. (Aka… Watch MST3K’s lampooning of Overdrawn At the Memory Bank.)

What’s really sad is there are some great people involved in this first movie.

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Transcendence
Release Date: April 17th, 2014
Director: Wally Pfister (Directorial Debut)
Official Trailer

Johnny Depp.That is all.

Just kidding.

Transcendence is the term for A.I. that is self-aware. Dr. Will Caster has been working on a project to create a collective A.I. that is also self-aware with independent processes. This idea has some scientific factions warring over whether it’s a good idea or even ethical to create such a thing. During that debate, an assassination attempt forces Evelyn Caster and Will’s friend Max Waters to make a hard decision. Dr. Caster’s body is dying but his brain is coming alive even more than before. They download his mind and personality, uploading it to the experimental version of the computer database that he had been creating. Unfortunately now they don’t know if they are dealing with Dr. Caster or a rogue computer as things get out of hand.

Transcendence is the first movie directed by Wally Pfister, but he’s been a director of cinematography or photography on tons of movies. To name a few, the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy; Momento and Scotland PA. Most of the main characters are played by the principle producers, Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman. Christopher Nolan also helped produce the movie since they have worked together so much. The plot seems to me a mixture of the Matrix and Ghost in the Machine. It’s very strange and took quite a bit of digging to figure out the exact plot. I suggest watching the trailer and then reading the Wikipedia. I WILL see the movie because I love most of the people involved but, it looks a little shaky.

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Earth to Echo
Release Date: April 25, 2014
Director: Dave Green
Official Trailer

Yeah… the trailer TELLS YOU NOTHING! It appears a lot like Super 8. That movie was pretty cool, like the Goonies meets Aliens. What I have found is that the movie is being made by Disney. Their official description is pretty interesting, they have my attention.

A group of young friends start receiving messages through their cell phones. The messages are encrypted and so they decide to run off on their own to figure out the secret meaning of the messages.

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Welcome to Yesterday
Release Date: February 28th, 2014
Director: Dean Isrealite
Official Trailer

Did you see the Butterfly Effect? Have you seen any movie ever about time travel? Yeah, you’ve seen this movie.

A group of teenagers discover that they are going to make a time machine, and then they make it. Going back and forth through time they make all their wildest dreams come true and enjoy a concert on the way. When they get back they discover that they’ve messed up the timeline and horrible things have occurred. They have to go back and make sure that they never change time!

The premise is over trite and bland. The movie is for teenagers and ignores the fact that these same teenagers would know from popular media to be REALLY careful while traveling through time. Yeah,  from the plot they screw things up pretty badly and then have to fix it. Really what they’ve done is created a paradox or… a TEMPORAL PARASOCKS!

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