Review by Nate
Wally Pfister’s “Transcendence” is a decent science fiction thriller with some solid acting and a promising plot. It also suffers from some pacing issues, underdeveloped characters, and a rather silly ending. The premise (and title) of the film centers on what futurist Ray Kurzweil has coined “The Singularity”. This is the moment in which artificial intelligence (AI) will have surpassed the capacity of human intelligence.
In 2010 it was approaching a decade since Ben Affleck had been associated with a good movie, or played a good role period (Jersey Girl not withstanding. I might also accept Clerks 2… but probably not). He came on the scene like a firecracker with great ones like Good Will Hunting, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor. He then decided to follow those up with Daredevil and Gigli. *smh* I like Affleck as an actor and in the right role. I don’t think his range is too wide. He’ll never be a great action or comedy guy but he’s been real solid in most of the drama’s he’s done. Hopefully 2010’s The Town is a step back in that right direction. Alongside Affleck in this film is Hawkeye…errr… Jeremy Renner, who seems to be in about the same place in his career right now as Affleck was a decade ago. Maybe he has some better arrows in his quiver.