April 18, 2014
REVIEW — ‘Transcendence’: It Thinks Therefore It Is
I like to say that this is the time of the year when the L.A.’s undertakers, wearing bird-beak masks from the Great Plague, make the rounds of Burbank and Century City ringing their bells outside the studio walls, crying, “Bring out yer dead!” Maybe there is crap all year long and I’m just sensitive to the fact that quality awards fare won’t be around for another six months. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence is a corpse, DOA before the first ten minutes are over.
The problem certainly isn’t in the way the film looks. Pfister is Christopher Nolan’s DP; image is paramount.