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Transcendence (DVD)

Transcendence is a 2014 American science fiction thriller film directed by Wally Pfister (in his directorial debut) and written by Jack Paglen. The film stars Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy and Cole Hauser, and follows a group of scientists who race to finish an artificial intelligence project while being targeted by a radical anti-technology organization.

Paglen s screenplay was listed on the 2012 edition of The Black List, a list of popular unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Transcendence was a box office flop, grossing just $103 million against a budget of as much as $150 million. The film received mainly negative reviews; it was criticized for its plot structure, characters and dialogue but praised for its cinematography, acting, and score.


Dr. Will Caster is a scientist who researches the nature of sapience, including artificial intelligence. He and his team work to create a sentient computer; he predicts that such a computer will create a technological singularity, or in his words Transcendence . His wife, Evelyn, is also a scientist and helps him with his work.

An anti-technology terrorist group called Revolutionary Independence From Technology (R.I.F.T.) carry out synchronized attacks on A.I. laboratories, while one member shoots Will with a polonium-laced bullet. Will is given no more than a month to live. In desperation, Evelyn comes up with a plan to upload Will s consciousness into the quantum computer that the project has developed. His best friend and fellow researcher, Max Waters, questions the wisdom of this choice, reasoning that the uploaded Will would only be an imitation of the real person. Will s consciousness survives his body s death in this technological form and requests to be connected to the Internet to grow in capability and knowledge. Max believes that the computer is not actually Will and demands that it be shut down. Evelyn, being offended, demands that Max leave.

At a bar, Max is met by Bree, the leader of R.I.F.T. He refuses to talk with her and leaves, but is kidnapped by other members of R.I.F.T. in the parking lot. They use his cellphone to track down Evelyn’s location. When R.I.F.T. discovers where Evelyn has established her project, she connects the computer intelligence to the Internet via satellite and escapes before R.I.F.T. destroys the equipment.

In his virtual form and with Evelyn s help, Will uses his newfound vast capabilities to build a technological utopia in a remote desert town called Brightwood, where, over the course of two years, he spearheads the development of ground-breaking technologies in medicine, energy, biology and nanotechnology. However, Evelyn grows fearful of Will s motives when he displays the ability to remotely connect to and control people s minds after they have been subjected to his nanoparticles.

After visiting Evelyn and the underground facility Will has built, and seeing the capabilities of the hybrids Will has created, FBI agent Donald Buchanan and government scientist Joseph Tagger become suspicious of Will s motives and plan to stop the sentient entity from spreading, with help from the government and R.I.F.T. As Will has already spread his influence to all the networked computer technology in the world, Max and R.I.F.T. develop a computer virus with the purpose of deleting Will s source code, destroying him. Evelyn plans to upload the virus by infecting herself and then having Will upload her consciousness. A side effect of the virus would be the destruction of technological civilization. This would also disable the nano-particles, which have spread in the water, through the wind and have already started to eradicate pollution, disease, and human mortality.

When Evelyn goes back to the research center, she is stunned to see Will in a newly created organic body identical to his old one. Will welcomes her but is instantly aware that she is carrying the virus and intends to destroy him. The FBI and the members of R.I.F.T. attack the base with artillery, destroying much of its power supply and fatally wounding Evelyn. When Bree threatens to kill Max unless Will uploads the virus, Will explains that he has only enough power either to heal Evelyn s physical body or upload the virus. Evelyn tells Will that Max should not die because of what they ve done, so Will uploads the virus to save Max. As Will dies, he explains to Evelyn that he did what he did for her, as she had pursued science to repair the damage humans had done to the ecosystems. In their last moment, he tells Evelyn to think about their garden. The virus kills both Will and Evelyn, and a global technology collapse and blackout ensues.

Three years later, in Will and Evelyn s garden at their old home in Berkeley, Max notices that their sunflowers are the only blooming plants. Upon closer examination, he notices that a drop of water falling from a sunflower petal instantly cleanses a puddle of oil — and realizes that the Faraday cage around the garden has protected a sample of Will s sentient nano-particles.

The movie ends with a voiceover by Max: He created this garden for the same reason he did everything: So they could be together.


  • Johnny Depp as Will Caster, a scientist researching artificial intelligence.
  • Rebecca Hall as Evelyn Caster, Will s wife and a fellow scientist.
  • Paul Bettany as Max Waters, Will s best friend.
  • Cillian Murphy as Agent Buchanan, an FBI agent.
  • Kate Mara as Bree, the leader of the Revolutionary Independence From Technology (R.I.F.T.) terrorist organization.
  • Cole Hauser as Colonel Stevens, a military officer.
  • Morgan Freeman as Joseph Tagger, Will and Evelyn s mentor.
  • Clifton Collins Jr. as Martin.
  • Cory Hardrict as Joel Edmund, a R.I.F.T. terrorist.
  • Josh Stewart as Paul, a blind man who is healed by Will s nanomachines.
  • Falk Hentschel as Bob, a R.I.F.T. terrorist.



Transcendence is Wally Pfister s directorial debut. Jack Paglen wrote the initial screenplay on spec for Pfister to direct, and producer Annie Marter pitched the film to Straight Up Films. The pitch was sold to Straight Up. By March 2012, Alcon Entertainment acquired the project. Alcon financed and produced the film; producers from Straight Up and Alcon joined together for the film. In the following June, director Christopher Nolan, for whom Pfister has worked as cinematographer, and Nolan s producing partner Emma Thomas joined the film as executive producers.


The Chinese company DMG Entertainment entered a partnership with Alcon Entertainment to finance and produce the film. While DMG contributed Chinese elements to Looper and Iron Man 3, it did not do so for Transcendence.


By October 2012, actor Johnny Depp entered negotiations to star in Transcendence. The Hollywood Reporter said Depp would have a mammoth payday with a salary of $20 million versus 15 percent of the film s gross. Pfister met with Noomi Rapace for the film s female lead role and also met with James McAvoy and Tobey Maguire for the other male lead role. The director offered a supporting role to Christoph Waltz. In March 2013, Rebecca Hall was cast as the female lead. By the following April, actors Paul Bettany, Kate Mara and Morgan Freeman joined the main cast.


Continuing his advocacy for the use of film stock over digital cinematography, Pfister chose to shoot the film in the anamorphic format on 35mm film. Filming officially began in June 2013, and took place over a period of 62 days. The majority of the movie was filmed in a variety of locations throughout Albuquerque, New Mexico. The fictional town of Brightwood was created in downtown Belen, New Mexico. The film went through a traditional photochemical finish instead of a digital intermediate. In addition to film, a digital master was completed in 4K resolution, and the film was additionally released in IMAX film format. Transcendence was also scheduled for a 3D release in China.


The musical score for the film composed by Mychael Danna was released on April 15, through WaterTower Music. A compact disc format of the score was released through The song Genesis from the solo album Quah by Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen is prominently featured in the film.



Transcendence was released in theaters on April 18, 2014. It was originally scheduled for April 25, 2014.

Warner Bros. distributed the film in the United States and Canada. Summit Entertainment (through Lionsgate) distributed it in other territories. DMG Entertainment, who collaborated with Alcon Entertainment to finance and develop Transcendence, distributed the film in China. The Chinese version includes a 3D and IMAX 3D release, funded by DMG, which is done in post-production.

Home media

Transcendence was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 22, 2014.


Box office

Transcendence grossed $23 million in North America and $80 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $103 million. The film was a box office bomb, with Deadline Hollywood estimating the losses for the studio could reach as much as $100 million, though a more realistic figure was around $35 million.

In the film s opening weekend, the film grossed $4.8 million on Friday, $3.8 million on Saturday and $2.3 million on Sunday in North America, for a weekend gross of $10.9 million, playing in 3,455 theaters (an average of $3,151) and ranking #4.

The biggest other markets were China, France and South Korea, where the film grossed $20.2 million, $6.45 million and $5.3 million respectively.

Critical response

Publications such as The Guardian, Forbes and International Business Times considered the film to be largely a critical failure, with The Guardian stating that the reviews were almost universally damning and referring to the film as one of 2014 s bigger critical turkeys . Film critic Mark Kermode said that the film got a critical kicking in the United Kingdom, much as it did in the United States. However, a number of sources considered the film to have received a mixed rather than a primarily negative reception.

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 19% based on 226 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6/10. The site s critical consensus reads, In his directorial debut, ace cinematographer Wally Pfister remains a distinctive visual stylist, but Transcendence s thought-provoking themes exceed the movie s narrative grasp. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 42 out of 100, based on 45 critics, indicating mixed or average reviews . Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of C+ on an A+ to F scale.

Criticism was aimed largely at the film s logic and storytelling. Michael Atkinson of Sight & Sound identified vast plot holes and superhuman leaps of logic , writing that or all its gloss, hipster pretensions, plot craters and sometimes risible attempts at action, Transcendence traffics in large, troublesome ideas about Right Now and What’s Ahead, even if the film itself is far too timid and compromised to do those hairy questions justice . William Thomas of Empire believed that the cast and director had been wasted on a B-Movie script with pretensions of prescience , dismissing the film as a banal sci-fi slog ; he awarded it a 2 out of 5 star poor rating. David Denby of The New Yorker considered the film to be rhythmless and shapeless with some very cheesy and even amateurish fighting . Nigel Floyd of Film4 concluded that it was n ambitious, old fashioned, ideas-driven science fiction film that is never as mind-expanding as its futuristic images and topical, dystopian ideas seem to promise . Artificial intelligence expert Barney Pell criticized the film s depiction of 3D printing, saying that the self-organizing smart particles in the film could quite possibly violate laws of physics.

Writing for Spanish film site eCartelera, Jesús Agudo stated that the movie suffered from being made to look like a Christopher Nolan film. But where the director of Inception knows how to do it with intelligence and cunning, Pfister gets tangled up in his own mysteries, leading us to dead ends in the plot, creating frustration and not just curiosity. He also criticized Johnny Depp s performance: even when he s not playing an AI it seems like it s a computer talking. If many have complained of the actor s excessive expressiveness, with characters in the style of Jack Sparrow, in Transcendence he offers the exact opposite, which isn t good either.

Contrary to the many less than flattering reviews that the film received, Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times lauded the film and awarded it four stars, calling it a bold, beautiful flight of futuristic speculation and a stunning piece of work . Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times was also positive towards the film, praising the quality of the cast and intelligence of the script. Some sources like The Independent thought that the negative reviews reported for the film were harsh and that the film was stylish and entertaining , treading a fairly well-judged path between paranoia and technological utopianism . AI researcher Stuart Russell claims that despite particular technical aspects of the movie being a non-starter , the basic premise of superhuman AI is quite possible, and that AI researchers must, like nuclear physicists and genetic engineers before them, take seriously the possibility that their research might actually succeed and do their utmost to ensure that their work benefits rather than endangers their own species.


Golden Trailer AwardsMost Original TrailerBuddha Jones, Warner Bros.NominatedFor the first theatrical trailer entitled It s Me
Best Motion/Title GraphicsNominated
WonFor the second theatrical trailer entitled Singularity
Most Innovative Advertising for a Feature FilmNominated Spraypaint





Published Date


Age group

14 Up

Rating MPA


Recording Studio





Warner Manufacturing

Amazon ASIN











1h 59min


Awards, 3 wins & 5 nominations


Wally Pfister


Jack Paglen


Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman

Produced by

Brad Arensman, Yolanda T. Cochran, Kate Cohen, Noam Dromi, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Annie Marter, Dan Mintz, Christopher Nolan, Marisa Polvino, Mary Regency Boies, Scott Robertson, Aaron Ryder, Emma Thomas, David Valdes, Steven P. Wegner

Music by

Mychael Danna

Cinematography by

Jess Hall

Film Editing by

David Rosenbloom

Casting By

John Papsidera

Production Design by

Chris Seagers

Art Direction by

Tom Frohling, Gregory S. Hooper, Bjarne Sletteland, Dawn Swiderski, Clint Wallace

Set Decoration by

Gene Serdena

Costume Design by

George L. Little

Makeup Department

Luisa Abel, Georgia Allen, Steve Buscaino, Pepper J. Gallegos, Adriana Gomez, Patricia Greer, Joel Harlow, Maggie Hayes-Jackson, Gina Lovato, Jessica Nelson, Ken Niederbaumer, Mark Nieman, Cristina Patterson, Vanessa Sharp, Jon Shroyer, Laura Sill, Khanh Trance, Sheila Trujillo, Teri Ann Uccan, Jay Wejebe, Kentaro Yano, Carol F. Doran

Production Management

Candice Campos, James R. McAllister, Susan McNamara, Jason Pomerantz

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jon Baran, Matt Haggerty, Heather Kehayas, James LaRocca, Linda Montanti, Scott Robertson, Kevin Roy, Jonas Spaccarotelli

Art Department

Jory Alvarado, Arthur Arndt, Toni Barbosa, Derek Bensonhaver, Mark Bialuski, Steve Borgese, Kathleen Branch, Cara Brower, Shane Buckallew, Liz Buckler, Richard K. Buoen, Antonia Cardella, Susannah Carradine, Tom Castronovo, Tina Charad, Aric Cheng, Katie Childs, Dennis Collins, Ryan Cowles, James M. Davis, Derek Dean, Brian DeNike, Nancy Deren, Dale DeStefani, Ralph Diaz, Nicholas R. Doyle, Timothy M. Earls, Adam Eisman, Jerome Brett Fairchild, Mariano Fernandez, Lonam Fogleman, Erick Garibay, Adam Gelbart, Kristopher Gifford, Nicole Gold, Ricardo Guillermo, Steven Hanks, Melissa Harrison, Michael A. Heath, Scott Herbertson, Daniel L. Herrera, Alex Hillkurtz, David Holowach, Glenn Hoofman, Jeff Julian, Susan Kohl, Eric Komala, Tyler Lafferty, Adrian Lobato, Colette Longo, Seth Longo, Amahl Lovato, Scott Lukowski, Florencia Martin, Victor James Martinez, Joe Mason, Sergey Mazurov, Mallorie McConnell, Michael Mikita Jr., Jonathan Mikita, Adam Montoya, Richard Anthony Montoya, Christopher Morente, Candice Muriedas, Jacob Murphy, Carla S. Nemec, Jesse Oliver, Randy Paul Ortega, Harry E. Otto, Jeff Passanante, Darren Patnode, Soren Bendt Aaboe Pedersen, Eduardo Pena, Jason Perrine, Wilhelm Pfau, Roger Prater, Shari Ratliff, Mike Reiber, Dennis Richardson, Jessica Ripka, Siobhan Roome, Rudi Rossiter, Grant Samson, Leonard Sanchez, Fred Seibly, Gloria Shih, Rick Shuttleton, Andrew M. Siegel, Chad Simpson, Dale Snyder, Kouji Tajima, Karen Teneyck, Sally Thornton, Joshua Towers, Joel Waldrep, James Walton, Ron Yates, Patrick Beals

Sound Department

Richard L. Anderson, Willie D. Burton, David V. Butler, Bil Clement, Mark Coffey, Jenna Dalla Riva, Mark DeSimone, Ezra Dweck, Robert Edwards, Eric Flickinger, Sandra Fox, David Michael Green, Jack Heeren, James Hyde, Goro Koyama, Sylvain Lasseur, Andy Malcolm, Mark A. Mangini, Stephen Muir, Chris Navarro, Matthias Neumann, Jordan O'Neill, Jeremy Peirson, Terry Porter, Brian Seagrave, Douglas Shamburger, Seva Solntsev, Bartek Swiatek, Tim Walston, Don White, Byron Wilson, Scott Wolf, Keenan Wyatt, Jared Marshack

Special Effects by

Jack Brunacini Jr., John J. Downey, Scott R. Fisher, Chris Majors, Josh McCarron, Robert L. Slater

Visual Effects by

Alicia Aguilera, Tosin Akinwoye, Omaikel Alfaro, Scott Anderson, Scott R. Anderson, Kanika Andrew, Gerald Ang, David Applebee, Balázs Ari, Andreea Babiuc, Eric Bachtiar, Michael Jeff Baldemoro, Daniel Baldwin, Zeljko Barcan, Adam Barnett, Claudio Bassi, Mark Battle, Ryan Bauer, Susanne Becker, See Benny, Brian N. Bentley, Rodrigo Bernardo, Jan Berner, Romain Besnard, Aaron D. Beyer, Luke Bigley, Muhittin Bilginer, Jeff Bloch, Andrej Blom, Ashley Blyth, Romain Bouvard, Russell Bowen, Gary Boyle, James Braid, Paul Brannan, Colin P. Brown, Jason Lee Brown, Christina Bruce, Izet Buco, Luke Butler, Daniela Cabrera, Daniel Caffrey, Ignacio Caicoya, Nicolas Caillier, Matt Cameron, Elohim Cervantes Tampus, Kamelia Chabane, Chris Chadwick, Mike Chambers, Josh James Chappell, Ricky Cheung, Cheow Hong Chia, Tagui Chilyan, Giuseppe Chisari, Kenneth Chua, Martin Ciastko, Genevieve Claire, Graham D. Clark, Kirsty Clark, Carlos Conceicao, Tommaso Corona, Jean-Nicolas Costa, Peter Cromwell, Martin Cutbill, Vincent D'Angelo, Sashwata Das, Sarah Davis, Alan De Castro, Rachel Pieper Decker, Rustin Devendorf, Komal Dogra, Peter Dudley, Kimberley Dunne, Kyle Dutton, Thomas Døhlen, Favian Ee, Charles Ehrlinger, Stephen Ellis, Sze Jia Eng, Wayne Er, Carl Fairweather, Judith Ferrer, Christopher Fillmore, Yong Xian Foo, Les Foor, Marieke Franzen, Annamarie Fuchs, Maximilian Funke, Adam Gailey, Mayur Gangasagar, Daniel Georgiou, Matthew E. Gill, Francesco Giordana, Harrison Goldstein, Ana Gomes, Alexandre Gény, Tyler Halle, Jason M. Halverson, Katie Hamberger, Adam Hammond, Josh Handley, Sam Hanover, Pete Hanson, Richard Hayward, Jake Heggen, Tom Hocking, Koen Hofmeester, Muhammad Hidayat Isnin, Matthew Jacques, Christopher Jaques, Eli Jarra, Helen Johnson, Tim Johnson, Aled Rhys Jones, Jeremy Jones, Corey Just, Lauren Kaczor, Ryan Keely, Elaine Kelley, Ian Kelly, Cindy Khoo, Eunice Khoo, Alexander Kirk, Steve Kitchen, Jayzica Kong, Elicia Koo, Hemanth Reddy Kovvuri, Vikram Kulkarni, Rajnish Kumar, Ian Lawson, Matthew Leach, David Lee, Simon Legrand, Luke Letkey, Andrew Lewitin, Wayne Lim, Ken Locsmandi, Esther Lopez Rodriguez, Will Lucas, Thomas Luff, Maximillian McNair MacEwan, Alex James Macieira, Garry Maddison, Yael Majors, Greg Malkin, Pavan Maradia, Will Martindale, Christoph Matthiesen, Nathan McGuinness, John McLaren, Jennifer Giovanna Meire, Charlotte Merrill, David Miller III, Derrick Mitchell, Scott Mitchell, Effandi Mohamed, Vikram Mohan, Fernanda Moreno, David Antonin Mucci, Amit Narwani, Devin Nasby, Gerardo Navarro, Evan Ng, Rajesh Nimje, Tristan North, Yvonne Oh, Cyrus Ongg, Jonathan Opgenhaffen, Raphael Oseguera, Graham Page, Camille Paleni, Massimo Pasquetti, Niki Patterson, Javier Paz, Tom Pegg, Laurie Pellard, Philip Pendlebury, Cody Poag, Andrew Poole, Katherine Pursey, Graeme Puttock, Simon Pynn, Melissa Quintas, Mick Reid, Tania Richard, Ariz Akhtar Rizvi, Arron Roebuck, Sean Rowe, Olivier Ryard, Thomas Salama, Gonzalo Sanchez, Lui Sanchez-Fontillas, Samuel Saxon, David Schott, Daniel Schrepf, Brian Schultz, Paul Scott, Amanda Seah, Alexander Seaman, David Sewell, Adnan Siddique, Katie Stetson, Mary Stroumpouli, Michael Struk, Jenna Sunde, Nick Swartz, Gabriel Tan, Kwan Yew Tan, Seng Kiat Tan, Wilson Tang, Jason Thomas, Steve Tizzard, Shermaine Toh, Fernando Tortosa, Roger Tortosa, Derek Tracy, Khuong Tran, Adrian Tsang, Josiah Van Arsdel, Nick van Diem, Sukumaran Lalithambika Vijin, Eva von Overheidt, Pablo Wang, Ruiting Wang, Jeffrey Warnhoff, Joe Wehmeyer, Ryan Wehner, Christopher Whittle, Blake Winder, Ryan John Woodward, Marvin Yanez, Cheng Yang, Perry Yap, Trevor Young, Anton Yri, Alfred Zhuo, Ian Abbott, Rajesh Babu, Darren Bailey, Daniel Baker, Michael John Baker, Sreyans Bardia, Anthony Chiarantano, Michael Colburn, Hetal Jain, Edward McDonough, Christopher Montesano, Eroc Moralls, David O'Brien, Prakash Pathak, Dan-hee Ryu, Sankarasubramanian, Peter Sumner, Vanessa Velasquez, Kross Wong


Wade Allen, Jonathan Arthur, Dean Bailey, Matt Baker, Sala Baker, Craig Baxley Jr., Matt Berberi, Chad Bowman, Mark Brooks, Cory J. Broussard, Joe Bucaro III, Bryant Burnett, Bobby Burns, Laurence Chavez, Matthew Lee Christmas, Lexi Dali, Jeff Dashnaw, Kevin Derr, Gary Dionne, Chris Donaldson, Ed Duran, Tait Fletcher, Jim Ford, Matthew Freight, Bryan Friday, Jeremy Fry, Kristopher Giacomazzi, Marilyn Giacomazzi, Mickey Giacomazzi, Joshua Gomez, Al Goto, Ryan Hanna, Jimmy Hart, Randy Haynie, Dana Hee, Keith Jardine, Julie Kedzie, Dennis Keiffer, Mark Kubr, Lucas Leggio, Christopher Leps, James Logan, Angelique Midthunder, David Midthunder, Robert Nagle, Chris Palermo, Jim Palmer, Michael Papajohn, Jaime Powers, Darrin Prescott, Derick Pritchard, Courtney Rayner, Mark Rayner, Ruben Rivera Laguna, Tomas Sanchez, Todd Schneider, Craig Frosty Silva, Caine Sinclair, Trina E. Siopy, Jeffrey Smith, Mam Smith, Marianne Smith, Mark Stefanich, Kurly Tlapoyawa, John Trejo, Vanessa Vander Pluym, Jermaine Washington, Michelle Waterson, Willie Weber, Paul Crow Willis, Josh Wood, Daniel Zubiate, Ruben Rivera Laguna

Camera and Electrical Department

Mauricio J. Alvarez, Jeff Andrus, Jason Armstrong, Stephen Babineau, Greg Baldi, Mike Barnett, Nick Behrmann, Jeff Bettis, Eric Bixler, Dane Bjerno, Hans Bjerno, Josh Bleibtreu, Danny Brown, Ryan Bushman, Chip Byrd, Adam Camacho, Jake Capistron, Steve Charnow, Jeff Chassler, Oscar Cifuentes, Jonathan Clark, Antonio F. Cordova, Ian Curry, James 'Spud' Danicic, Justin Dawson, Dhamarata Dhiensuwana, Wes Dixon, Dwight Dollins, Eric Dvorsky, Frank Eyers, Mike D. Fernandez, Ray Garcia, Cory Geryak, Peter Graf, Lamarr Gray, Christopher Griffin, Bob Hall, Erik Hernandez, Nathan Heyer, Erik F. Hill, Patrick Hoeschen, Max A. Hoyt, Matt Johnson, Nicholas Kaat, Dylan Kelling, Chris Kieffer, Steve Koster, Jake Leannah, Coplin LeBleu, Jason Linebaugh, Bing Liu, Robert Lofstrom, Adam Lutz, Hugh McCallum, Sean McClellan, Kyle McRee, David Melhorn, Kevin M. Miller, Lea E. Miller, Peter Mountain, Trevor Murphy, Evan Nelson, Clayton Null, Jeremy Antonio Oliver, Samuel Painter, Michael Penick, Blake Pike, Jason Prentice, Chris Purkiss, Sean Roberts, Jared Rosen, P. Scott Sakamoto, Rob Salviotti, Dan Schroer, Philip Shanahan, Sophie Shellenberger, Christopher H. Sipes, Stuart Slack, Jeffrey P. Soderberg, Anthony M. Suarez, Larry Sushinski, Monte Swann, James R. Tynes, Mark Vargo, Michael Vetter, Chris Wagganer, Jared Wellman, Scott Wetzel, James Pat Whelan, Paul Wilkowsky, Sauyan Wong, Brian Woronec, Marvin Wright, Lev Yevstratov, Daniel Zollinger, Steve Zvorsky

Animation Department

Trystan James

Casting Department

Jo Edna Boldin, Deanna Brigidi, Chris Bustard, Elizabeth Gabel, Lorrie Latham, Caitlin McKenna, Marie A.K. McMaster, Sophie Ragir

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Aleah Ames, Roberta Bilé, Rachel Bris, Corey Bronson, Jessica Clark, Joshua Coleman, Red Rose Connerty, Carol Demarti, Laurel Frushour, Jennifer Gingery, Daniel J. Lester, Marina Marit, Robert Q. Mathews, Angelique Paull, Joy Ramsay, Paulette Sladinski, Kenn Smiley, Jesse Trevino, Cathie Valdovino, Eric Yake, Tricia Yoo

Editorial Department

Milton Adamou, Stephen P. Arkle, Andrew Blustain, Dustin DellaVecchia, Greg Emerson, Andrea Ficele, William Fletcher, Jim Hall, Phyllis Hart, Mo Henry, Logan Henry-Smock, Christina Kremer, Ricardo L. Marrero, Emily Mason, Mato, Taylor Phillips, Paula Suhy, Ara Thomassian, Brendan Walsh, Jonny Winograd, Denise Woodgerd, Daniel Yang, Jan Yarbrough, Daniel André, Jim Passon

Location Management

Lori A. Balton, Nathan Bancroft, Chris Baugh, Michael Betz, Mickey Browne, Todd Byington, Jessica L. Chynoweth, Eliott Davis, Justin Duncan, Jeanie Farnam, Justin Ferk, Leo Fialho, Justin Harrold, Kendra Liedle, Raymond Morse, Hilton Clay Peres, Kate Chase Pitzarella, Paul B. Roberts, Loren Schoel, Keomanee Vilaythong

Music Department

Deva Anderson, David Arch, Christine Bergren, Mark Berrow, Richard Bissill, Duncan Blickenstaff, Catherine Bott, John Bradbury, Jo Changer, Jen J. Danna, Mychael Danna, Gordon Davidson, Grace Davidson, Nicholas Dodd, Christoffer Franzén, Maxime Herve, David Hykes, Matt Jones, Erich Lee, Steve Mair, Metro Voices, Jenny O'Grady, Tom Pigott Smith, Scott Price, Simon Rhodes, Erich Stratmann, Jill Streater, Lawrence Wallington, Warren Zielinski, Colin Aguiar, Daniel Bhattacharya, Rachel Bolt, John Finklea, Lewis Jones, Russ Miller, Barnaby Robson, Andrew Townend, Jessica Rose Weiss, Bruce White

Script and Continuity Department

Samantha C. Kirkeby, Sheridan O'Donnell

Transportation Department

Patrick D Baker, Denny Caira, Kevin Caira, Jayson Chang, Kasey Christie, Kaiser Clark, Christy Claunch, Bruce Comtois, Damone Culberson, Steve DeLuca, David J. Duran, Graham Elliott, Robert Gaskill, Andrew Kapuscinski, Tim McGaughy, Robert J. Morton, Walter J. Russell, Mark Sanchez, Sharon M. Segal, Marc Terrien, Russ Tolliver, James Waitkus, Leanne Wilkerson

Additional Crew

Nick Irving Allen, Giovanna Anderson, John Arbuckle, Josh Barrett, Bruce Benson, Michael Beran, Philipp Besa, Genevi Books, Dustin Brown, Micaela Brown, Corrine Butler, Russell Cannon, Casey Carroll, Rick Chapman, Samara Choit, Kevin Collins, Paul Conti, Laramie Cooley, Alan Coombs, Ian Crockett, Jamie Daddio, Stephen Deuters, A.J. Dille, Brother Eden Douglas, Kalani Dreimanis, Rachel Dworkin, Amber LeRae Earls, Gregory M. Edgar, Pam Ellington, Tara Elliott, Dan Ellis, Dirk Ellis, Lisa Elrod, Laticia Fan, Chris Fenton, Daniel Fisch, Ryann Fraser, Lisa Furia, Josh Godfrey, Adrienne L. Graves, David Halagarda, Nicholas Hanna, Michael J. Harker, Denise Harkins, Laurel Hasbargen, Noah Hauser, Jeannette Hill, Nathan Holmes, Tom Hoover, Allegro Hopkins, Craig Hosking, Julie Hutchings, Lieve Jansen, Heather Kehayas, Kate Kelly, Mari Kempes, Carly Kennedy, Laurka Kobylanski, Dave Landaker, Brian G. Lax, David Scott Leatherwood, Darren P. Leis, Lana Litvinchuk, John Malakoff, Joshua Mandel, Leigh Maney, Gail Martin-Sheridan, Brian McCurley, Ali McKenna, Carlos A. Montoya, Ernie John Montoya, Shanna Morrow, Aaron Moskal, Dan Murbarger, Irina Naydichev, Tien Nguyen, Frédéric North, Fagan O'Reilly, Michael Panevics, Vincent Parker, Peggy Pere, Hilton Clay Peres, Quentin Pierre, Matthew Rasmussen, Joshua Ravetch, Frank Reina, Deborah Ricketts, Michael Rutkowski, Michael James 'Scotty' Scott, Scott Sener, Tiffany Renee Shreve, Rick Shuster, Reilly Smith, Ryan Spalding, Metta Stahl, Wes Stallcup, Lance Stockton, Mark Swenson, Marisa Taylor, Spencer Taylor, Derek Tracy, Transcendence, Wes Trudell, Kelly Urig, Nina Varano, Issac Wolf, Jorden Zahner, Keegan Zall, Chad Clark, Joseph Conti, Carly Marconi, Neil Mathieson, Andrea Smith, Lynnanne Zager


Action, Drama, Sci-Fi


Alcon Entertainment, DMG Entertainment, Straight Up Films


UK, China, USA







ImDb Rating Votes


Metacritic Rating


Short Description

Transcendence is a 2014 American science fiction thriller film directed by Wally Pfister (in his directorial debut) and written by Jack Paglen. The film stars Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy and Cole Hauser, and follows a group of scientists who race to finish an artificial intelligence project while being targeted by a radical anti-technology organization.

Paglen s screenplay was listed on the 2012 edition of The Black List, a list of popular unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Transcendence was a box office flop, grossing just $103 million against a budget of as much as $150 million. The film received mainly negative reviews; it was criticized for its plot structure, characters and dialogue but praised for its cinematography, acting, and score.

Box Office Budget

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Box Office Opening Weekend USA


Box Office Gross USA


Box Office Cumulative Worldwide Gross



Scientist,artificial intelligence,technology,power outage,mind upload