Transcendence (2014) – Esoteric Analysis

Jay's Analysis

Johnny Depp is Max Headroom. Johnny Depp is Max Headroom.

By: Jay

Transcendence is the ultimate transhumanist film to date. Convalescence would have been a better name.  The film begins with some cataclysmic future event that has caused the collapse of civilization to a pre-electrical state.  Rewind a few years, and we see Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster, a scientist who specializes in artificial intelligence on the verge of discovering the final key to mapping the human mind so it can be downloaded onto a floppy disc.  Dr. Caster calls this point of singularity “transcendence,” where man will finally overcome his bodily limitations and load himself up to Youtube.  Following a presentation at a tech conference on how man will create “god,” Dr. Caster is mortally wounded by a radical anti-tech Luddite group, RIFT (Revolutionary Independence From Technology), leading to his desire to be the first willing test subject of human AI. Simultaneously, attacks…

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