It's no mistake that the spirit of Christopher Nolan feels present throughout Transcendence
. Not only is Nolan a producer, it's also directed by Wally Pfister, Nolan's longtime cinematographer. But unfortunately its beautiful and moody exterior covers an ultimately substance-less thriller, a cinematic merengue.
Pfister certainly knows how to dress up a film, using the repeated motif of dripping water as a symbol (though it's never exactly clear for what), but all the beautiful cinematography in the world can't hide the fact that Transcendence
is never quite as smart as it thinks it is. At its heart, Transcendence
is a cheesy thriller, but it never really allows itself to be any fun. Read More »