ByAlex Svensek, writer at
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In his directorial debut, cinematographer Wally Pfister, a longtime Christopher Nolan collaborator, tackles the frightening possibilities of technology. Like so many films that came before it, Transcendence explores the idea of man’s connection with technology and his abuse of science in order to play God. The main problem here lies in the script as too much of the film scenes feel like a series of montages. Although the film’s premise is actually quite interesting and asks several important philosophical questions it is sadly plagued by lapses in logic and ponderous storytelling. The film wants to convey so much but doesn’t have a handle on any ways to actually say it. It just doesn't seem to know what it wants to say, about technology, about humanity, and the intersections between the two. Though Transcendence is a particularly bland story, Pfister’s work behind the camera is no more or less competent than that of most big-budget directors. Pfister’s eye as a director of photography has transferred to feature directing decently. Given the amount of talent both behind and in front of the camera, it's a bit disappointing that Transcendence didn't turn into the intelligent and exciting sci-fi thriller it clearly had the potential to be.


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