When I saw the ‘digitized’ face of Johnny Depp on the movie poster, I was instantly persuaded that this movie shall be a unique one. I still thought so when the movie began with a fancy and mysterious opening. But as the story progressed, it hit me that the tale was merely an old vintage human-computer sci-fi movie. The story logic is actually simple, straightforward and at some point implausible even, despite the advance-looking introduction at the beginning of the story. Cinematography wise, the movie is remarkable. Directed by Christopher Nolan’s long time partner and cinematographer – Wally Pfister, this is certainly expected of the movie and no doubt, has immediately brought the movie above the audience’s eye-level. Nonetheless, the quality of the story doesn’t quite make justice to the excellent visual.
The story started with scenes of a post-modern world where technology was history. There was no electricity, Internet and whatsoever. This is where Paul Bettany came in as Max Waters, a science researcher, walking in the city and arrived at a residence. There he narrated about a remarkable scientist and his friend, Will Caster, and how he ‘used to’ know this man. The story then moved back to when everything started. Will Caster was an artificial intelligence researcher who has created a super computer that he believed could take human beings to a whole new advanced world. His wife, Evelyn, was also a scientist who supported him in his research. However, Evelyn, as Will claimed, has much larger vision than he does in changing the world and helping people (you wouldn’t believe such a cheesy line is the key to the whole story). Despite how Will’s research was impressing the world to be beneficial to the society, a group of activists felt the opposite. They plotted attacks in research labs around the country and Will was unfortunately shot with a bullet laced with radioactive materials, which left him only a few more weeks to live. Unwilling to let go of her husband, Evelyn came up with an idea to upload Will’s consciousness to a quantum computer that they were both working on. Max first opposed the idea but was persuaded to help. As you can predict, the idea worked. With Will’s mind controlling, the computer became an almighty God who can access to anything and make everything happens when connected to the Internet. The second half of the story surrounded at the point of speculating the decency of the robot.
If you are expecting something new for a 2014 robot movie, this story may not satisfy you entirely. The new idea of embedding real biological consciousness of human mind into the machine was anticipating at first, but the way events were being carried out afterwards was a bit shallow. I wasn’t convinced at all regarding how all the supposedly thrilling scenes were being performed. To name a few:
You may think (if you haven’t watched it yet) how could all these even pass as a sensible story? Well, the screen writer has actually planned something in the end, a twist that he thinks is huge enough to justify everything. But guess what, it’s almost a cliche. The truth was indeed unexpected but it was so deliberately designed. How could Dr.Caster, with all the chance he has, decided not to explain himself to his wife? The suspicious actions that caused misunderstanding could have been avoided if he had come clean about his intention. Although it’s kinda sweet to have a loving and almighty husband, but unfortunately the screen chemistry wasn’t strong. I do however admire how the writer chose to end the mess with love, it’s so cheesy but for an unknown reason, I was a bit excited about it (I guess I was happy to see Johnny Depp ended up being a sweet person).
I rate it 3/5.