The week in movies: ‘Transcendence,’ ‘ Fading Gigolo’

April 18, 2014


There are so many potentially interesting elements swirling around Wally Pfister’s “Transcendence” – something old, new, borrowed and blue – that the disappointment when they don’t add up to a significant movie is acute.

Written by first-timer Jack Paglen and directed by Pfister (Christopher Nolan’s go-to cinematographer), “Transcendence” trolls in the waters of both Philip K. Dick and William S. Gibson (without ever really getting a solid bite). It is about the interface and interaction between human consciousness and machine consciousness (if there is such a thing), about the disappearance of privacy and the argument for a computer-modeled form of government control (sort of like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). (More…)