‘Transcendence’ fails to transcend audience expectations

By Todd Perkins, Armstrong’s own Leonard Maltin

Wally Pfister has served as Christopher Nolan’s director of photography since Nolan hit it big with his breakout film “Memento,” and he has now been given the chance to show what he can do with a big budget project of his own with “Transcendence.” With a cast as famous and revered as Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Morgan Freeman and a science-fiction premise dealing with issues such as true love, artificial intelligence and the nature of human consciousness, it seems that the chance for success would be guaranteed from the get-go. Unfortunately, the result is a lifeless, routine sci-fi thriller more likely to lull audiences to sleep than into deep thought. Continue reading