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 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 10:25 PM   
 By:   ctblass   (Member)



This is the feature film directorial debut for Wally Pfister - Christopher Nolan's Oscar-winning cinematographer. Though the visuals feel like a very close relative of a Chris Nolan film, Pfister tapped Oscar-winner Mychael Danna to compose the score; so one can expect a departure in sound from his mentor's musical preferences.

Kinda feels like a Tony Scott film that looks like a Christopher Nolan film. Getting a 70s thriller like an old Michael Crichton story/film too.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 4:36 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Saw the trailer for this before BOOK THIEF last night.
It was the first I've heard of it, but it looked promising.
Johnny Depp going all V'Jer/Source Code when he's hooked up to some machinery.

 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 5:21 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Between the release date and the trailer, this movie just screams disappointment. It gives me the same feeling as something like The Lawnmower Man, for some reason.

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2014 - 3:34 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Samples:

http://www.amazon.com/Transcendence-Original-Motion-Picture-Soundtrack/dp/B00J3ELW7E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395220735&sr=8-1&keywords=mychael+danna+transcendence

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2014 - 3:44 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Between the release date and the trailer, this movie just screams disappointment. It gives me the same feeling as something like The Lawnmower Man, for some reason.

LOL, I thought the same thing, also there must be a ton of outer limits, star trek, x-files ... episodes that used the same premise. Not sure why this got made in the first place, but since these types of movies hardly get made anymore, who knows, might still be fun.

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2014 - 3:46 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

The samples sound very low key, broodingly atmospheric - not at all the kind of blockbuster-score that a "Lawnmower Man"-kind of film would provoke.

I think the trailer looks much more intelligent and interesting. And the samples I like, too.

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2014 - 7:03 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

This sounds pretty awesome, very oppressively atmospheric and somehow both nonchalant and scathingly emotional at the same time. Looking forward to hearing it!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2014 - 9:53 PM   
 By:   films1   (Member)

sounds good...

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2014 - 4:27 AM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

The score is very much in the vein of Christopher Nolan's non-Zimmer film scores. Very ambient, no doubt highly effective in the film.

 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2014 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I'm excited for the film though not so much Danna's score. I wouldn't expect a big emotional thematic score from a film like this though. We'll see if the score jumps out at me when I see the movie this weekend.

 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2014 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

"Very oppressively atmospheric...both nonchalant and scathingly emotional at the same time."

Please put that on the album's sticker.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2014 - 7:33 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

Just saw the film, and it was terrific! Danna's score worked very well, hitting all the right emotional and tension buttons

 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2014 - 8:48 PM   
 By:   yonythemoony   (Member)

Good to read some good reviews. Critics have being too hard with this film. Haven't listened to the score, but the samples sound like in the vein of Life Of Pi than mimicking Zimmer.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2014 - 9:05 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

It was very much in the vein of David Julyan's Nolan scores (in a good way!). Judging by the current 17% (???) it holds on Rotten Tomatoes, I can only assume this is going to fly completely under the radar this year. It's a shame that films like Spider-Man 5 and X-Men 5 (yup, we're on #5s) are going to get all the attention, while this gem fades from public memory. Then again, there never was much justice in Hollywood.

I'll take an original film over a sequel/prequel/remake/reboot any day of the week.

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2014 - 12:54 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I can see why this film flopped (and badly it appears...it cost 100 mill and will make back barely half of that).
The premise is fine and the opening 30 minutes or so were quite engrossing, but as the film progressed, boredom set in for me as the film became sillier and less involving.
It also seemed that the final hour just repeated the same scenes over and over.
It all looked very good (lots of slo-mo water droplets) and Danna supplied some nice choir moments amongst the standard modern throb/groove we've grown accustomed to.
But ultimately, this was one major let-down for me, despite my almost willing to like it for what it wasn't (Marvel/Avengers/Spiderman/LOTR/same old/same old).

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2014 - 1:25 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Interesting tidbit in the Kermode review about Transcendence being on the hollywood black list (scripts that have been around forever but don't get made). I haven't seen the movie yet, but it seems like a movie that would have fit in more with 90s sci fi, which isn't bad, but would explain why today's audiences rejected it. Or it could really be a dumb movie like Simon Mayo described it.

 
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