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Johnny Depp fails to transcend in 'Transcendence'

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Johnny Depp fails to transcend in 'Transcendence'
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‘Transcendence’ stars Johnny Depp as a brilliant researcher, who creates a computer that possesses feelings and collective intelligence.

He becomes the target of extremists who oppose technological advancement and set out to kill him. Before they can succeed, he and his wife upload his brain to a computer, preserving him forever.

At the Los Angeles premiere, the Hollywood star joked that after making the movie, he was scared for the future of humankind.

“Infinitely more terrified. But, I mean, at the same time we’re all in this deal together, and the quicker that people realise that, the better off we’ll be,” he said with a smile.

Co-star Morgan Freeman said the film carries an important message: “I think the film in itself is a cautionary tale to that effect, that ‘Listen, if we’re going to try to do this, we better tread very cautiously’.”

The science-fiction movie explores artificial intelligence and the concept of the singularity, a hypothetical moment in time when computers will overtake human intelligence.

Rebecca Hall stars as Depp’s wife and fellow scientist.

“The moment that I googled anything about it, I realised there was just a whole apocalypse coming that I had no idea about. According to the internet – which you must always believe,” she smiled. “I learned pretty much everything there is to learn about the singularity from scratch, I had no idea”.

The directorial debut of Wally Pfister, Chris Nolan’s long-time cinematographer who won an Oscar for his work on ‘Inception’, ‘Transcendence’ has disappointed critics, who call it "a movie about big ideas that has few original ones of its own".

Others deplore the movie’s "uniformly bland and lifeless characters", including a "sleepy" performance by lead man Johnny Depp.

“Transcendence” is running now in US theatres.