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2010 - 2015, Alternative Reality, ArtificiaI Intelligence

Transcendence

Released 2014 Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story An original screenplay
Writer/s Script Jack Paglen
Director Wally Pfister
Starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Cole Hauser, Morgan Freeman
Elevator Pitch In an alternative present a number of organisations are working on artificial intelligence, and a terrorist cell is working against them. When the leader of one group is shot with a contaminated bullet and therefore is bound to die, he and his friends work to transfer his mind into a electronic neural network. When they are successful they realise that there may be no limit to his control of the world as they know it.
Content People work on keyboards in laboratories, and then take residence out in a tiny desert town and develop a vast underground pristine environment. There is some gunfire, and occasional explosions. No nudity, sex, drugs, drinking or bad language and hardly any violence.
A View This outing was panned by nearly everybody, and I vaguely remember the overwhelming view when it came out, but it was not that bad. If for nothing else the photography was worth more than one star. The New Mexico desert is terrific. It cost $100 million, and seems to have just covered its costs. I am a bit of a fan of artificial intelligence and therefore enjoy nearly everyone’s views, so it was fine for me.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels

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