Saturday, April 19, 2014

Review: Transcendence

Earlier today, I went to see the movie Transcendence, which hit theaters on Friday, April 18. The movie stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, and Paul Bettany, among others in a terrific cast list. It was directed by Wally Pfister who was the cinematographer for all the Christopher Nolan directed Batman films. Because of this, I was expecting great things from the film. I couldn't have been more wrong.

The pacing of Transcendence was extremely slow. Sure, they condensed some things and made some leaps in time saying on the screen "Two Years Later" and such, but, of the things that were shown, it seemed to drag on and on. Since the speed of the movie seemed to move like molasses, this reviewer must confess he dozed off at a few points. Whenever a movie makes me doze off, that is never good.

In addition to the lackluster pacing, I felt the special effects would be immensely more due to the subject matter. Watching the previews, they show some good action scenes and special effects. I felt they showed what they did to entice the viewer to come see the movie. Turns out, what I saw in the previews was all I was going to get. They blew their entire load in the trailer leaving nothing else. I was extremely disappointed.

After I've now ragged on about the movie, I will now tell the positives I saw. First and foremost, the idea/subject of the movie was very good. Second, I did like the sets, scenery, and colors used as they really helped define certain moods and themes of scenes. Finally, I really enjoyed the great cast. It was nice to see some big names coming together for the film.

In conclusion, Transcendence was a great idea very poorly executed. The lackluster pacing and special effects seemed to really drag the movie down. However, there were a few bright spots but they weren't bright enough for redemption.

Overall, I would give Transcendence a solid C.

Missing From British Columbia: Elena Popoff, 64

Sixty-four year old Elena Popoff is missing from Slocan Park, British Columbia.

She was last seen on Tuesday, April 15.

Elena is described as five foot five, one hundred and thirty-five pounds, with brown hair, and brown eyes.

Her vehicle is grey Nissan Pathfinder, with British Columbia license 210TMD.

Anyone with information should call the Slocan Lake Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 250-358-2222.

Missing From British Columbia: Sergio De Blasioare, 49

Forty-nine year old Sergio De Blasioare is missing from Burnaby, British Columbia.

He was last seen on Thursday, April 17.

Sergio is described as five foot ten, two hundred and sixty pounds, with brown hair.

When last seen, he was wearing a black baseball cap, a white Vancouver White Caps jacket, a black sweater, black pants, and black shoes.

His vehicle is a brown 2001 Pontiac Montana, with British Columbia license 881ADL.

Anyone with information should call the Burnaby Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 604-294-7922.

Missing From Saskatchewan: Chenoa Bird, 13

Thirteen year old Chenoa Bird is missing from Battleford, Saskatchewan.

She was last seen on the night of Thursday, April 17.

It is believed that she may be with fourteen year old Brianna Tawiyaka, who disappeared around the same time.

No description, beyond the photo, has been released.

Anyone with information should call the Battleford Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 306-446-1720.

Missing From Saskatchewan: Brianna Tawiyaka, 14

Fourteen year old Brianna Tawiyaka is missing from Battleford, Saskatchewan.

She was last seen on the night of Thursday, April 17.

It is believed that she may be with thirteen year old Chenoa Bird, who disappeared around the same time.

No description, beyond low quality the photo, has been released.

Anyone with information should call the Battleford Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 306-446-1720.

Missing From New Mexico: John Houghton, 87

Eighty-seven year old John Houghton is missing from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

He was last seen on Wednesday, April 16.

Concerns are high as he is without his required medication.

John is described as five foot two, with white hair, and a limp.

His vehicle is a burgundy Honda Accord, with New Mexico license HYW313.

Anyone with information should call the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office at 505-468-7100.

Missing From Texas: Andrew Pena, 26

Twenty-six year old Andrew Pena is missing from Plainview, Texas.

He was last seen on Sunday, April 6.

Andrew is described as five foot eight, with black hair, brown eyes, and multiple tattoos.

Anyone with information should call the Plainview Police Department at 806-296-1111.

Missing From Oklahoma: Jasmine Hill, 13

Thirteen year old Jasmine Hill is missing from Guthrie, Oklahoma.

She was last seen on Monday, April 14.

Jasmine is described as five foot four, one hundred and twenty-five pounds, with brown hair, and green eyes.

Anyone with information should call the Guthrie Police Department at 405-282-3535.

Missing From Oklahoma: Anne Hill, 16

Sixteen year old Anne Hill is missing from Edmond, Oklahoma.

She was last seen on Friday, April 11.

Anne is described as five foot four, one hundred and twenty pounds, with brown hair, and brown eyes.

Anyone with information should call the Oklahoma City Police Department's Missing Persons Unit at 405-297-1129.

Missing From Missouri: Amelia Howery, 17

Seventeen year old Amelia Howery is missing from Grandview, Missouri.

She was last seen on Sunday, April 6.

Amelia is described as five foot one, one hundred and thirty pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, and "Fallen From Grace" tattooed across her chest.

Anyone with information should call the Grandview Police Department at 816-316-4985.