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MOVIE REVIEW

Transcendence is a passable update of Frankenstein’s monster tale

The science-fiction thriller is a passable if somewhat chilly version of the cautionary tale of Frankenstein's monster, updated with warnings about omnipresent cyber-surveillance and the global plague of nano-robots.

Published on Apr 16, 2014 11:26 AM
 
Morgan Freeman (foreground) plays a scientist who works on mitigating the damage after the consciousness of Johnny Depp’s character is migrated into a computer. -- PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE

Review Science-fiction thriller

TRANSCENDENCE (PG)

119 minutes/Opens tomorrow/ ** 1/2

The story: Scientist Will Caster (Johnny Depp), with the help of wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and associate Max (Paul Bettany), struggles to create a sentient computer. After he is poisoned by extremists led by Bree (Kate Mara), Evelyn and Max migrate the contents of his brain into his computer, hoping to keep his mind alive after the death of his body.

 
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