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Transcendence movie review

Transcendence is excellent composition and an important an important film for humanity to discuss both the next age of civilization and what is humanity. Compositionally, every opening scene details and symbols get tied to something in the later in the story, so every string is tied off and the whole thing is rather balanced. Transcendence is probably the first commercial film that drives its story atop of a relatively accurate prediction of the capabilities of super powerful artificial general intelligence (AGI) and the promises and proverbial magic of nanotechnology. The actors’ performances were excellent, and Johnny Depp delivered quite believably on point, going from human to death to resurrection in a machine and beyond—certainly a long character arch.

As with many great films and in line with recent story telling styles, the antagonists are relatable, and one of which, Max, a colleague of the protagonists, changes sides, so one finds oneself halfway through the movie before deciding whether to like or hate Max.

I always love the theme of a machine becoming more human, and this film explored this overarching theme from the angle of making a human become a machine. I am not a true philosopher, and although this film restated at least twice the impossible test of what it means to be conscious, another, while more subliminal, question was an undertone of whether a machine can love. A human can quite easily love a machine, but how true a machine’s reciprocation of such love is beyond imagination perhaps unless it is personally experienced. Perhaps as Ray Kurzweil states it, and I’m paraphrasing, “It’s so compelling that it doesn’t matter if it’s real.” One stance of that debate within the film was that love along with other emotions could be so illogical that only a human can handle the internal dissonance while a machine will never reconcile that because it is merely a simulation, and therefore any notion of love would fall apart within a machine. But frankly, how is that so different from the human experience because after all, once there is too much dissonance, it too can fall apart?

Finally, the significance of the closing scene, in the protagonists’, Casters, sanctuary garden, leaves much to wonder what is happening inside the puddle of water that is riddled with nanotechnology. My take on it is that puddle now contains a consciousness—or two. This film shows technology on the horizon of humanity, a horizon that is also the end of humanity, as we know it. The only controllable change is redefining humanity. Everyone should see this film and then decide on which side of technology to take a position. At least this way, everyone will be better prepared for both change and the dialog.

Never Let Me Go movie review

Exactly two weeks ago, I watched the movie Never Let Me Go, which is a movie about orphans of some sort that are aggregated into a secret program and are reared to grow into adults, at which time, will only donate vital organs. Some pass away after their first donation; some donate four times or more. Never Let Me Go is the most depressing movie I’ve ever seen. The only more depressing thing was a Frontline documentary The Suicide Tourist.

There is terminology used in this movie that is unclear from the very beginning because we don’t normally use these words to represent the meanings implied in the movie. To “complete” means to die, for example. Virtually all of the main characters wanted to find their biological parents.

What really gets to me is why if all of these individuals knew that they were destined to die as part of a program, why didn’t any of them try to run away? They wore tracking bracelets like wrist watches that could probably be easily removed. Also, as adults, they had much freedom to move about the country (Britain), so I don’t understand why they returned back to the facilities. That part was a little unbelievable to me. If you like depressing movies, then this one is for you. I don’t think there was a single bit of comic relief in the entire film.

Catfish movie review

Last night, I watched Catfish, which is a documentary about this guy getting involved with someone from Facebook who he has never met. It’s very interesting with a very unpredictable twist. If you’ve ever made a pen pal on the Internet and grown attached, then you’ll be able to relate. It’s a great movie.

Saw 3D movie review

I truly enjoy the Saw franchise because each film is like a set of moral barometer tests for each individual viewer. Explaining the back to story to each victim allows the viewer to ask him or herself is this violence that the victim, and use that term loosely, justified. The point is, people often want to hurt someone who has hurt them, and people who cuased the pained have been wished by others to experience pain. This Saw series looks in the face of these “bad” people who usually, all of a sudden, become remorseful. The question the viewer is left asking oneself, “How much pain is justified for this person, and if any, is death even justified?” Very few victims are innocent.

The creators attempt to touch a nerve on at least two levels, the abuse caused by the victim before that abuser became a victim, and secondly, the type of torture experienced by that victim. The most topical question is, “what would I have done? Could I have made it alive through the test?” The question is great, but I think the more important question is would you, the viewer, put your abuser into such a test, or at least stand by and not help.

The movie purports that these victims can learn from their traumatic experiences and turn their life around. That works for some of the victims who survive, but not all.

The theme of this film, Saw 3D1 was lying. This film asked the question, “Would you sacrifice a lover who you learned was cheating and lying to you?” Also, “would you condemn someone who makes monetary gain while gaining fame and sympathy of others that is based on a complete lie? Furthermore, would you condemn those who dedicated their lives to helping such a lie propagate? Finally, the question in this film, and probably all the films in the series, is whether sins are on a spectrum, or are all immoral acts equally immoral.

1 Watching this movie home on DVD was in normal 2D, not 3D.

Inception movie review

Inception was a phenomenal idea for a movie, although quite unrealistic in regards to real science of dreaming. This is one of those movies that requires the viewer’s full attention throughout the entire movie to absorb virtually every detail because any of those details just might be necessary for the viewer to figure out the movie.

I did research after the movie, and I found out that the creator was not so concerned with what was the final truth in its ambiguous ending. Instead, he focused on the emotional development of the lead character. That fine, but still disappointing that such a detail was not officially solvable. I still have my final opinion on what happened.

I admire that the creator, Christopher Nolan, finally created this movie after many years since he started thinking about this idea when he was sixteen years old.