I have a weird tendency to examine somewhat commonplace things from a fairly different perspective, not because I’m trying to be deep or ironic, I’m just an only child who has always been fairly inquisitive…
Which brings me to Johnny Depp’s latest flick., Transcendence, which was completely unbelievable and totally fucking bizarre…..Or was it?
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen this movie and you would like to enjoy it organically, please stop reading now.
First of all, this isn’t a movie review, so I’m not going to rattle on endlessly about the acting or the screenplay or the cinematography or the score. This is simply an essay describing my secondary analysis of the chain of events that happened within this particular science fiction movie.
From my perspective, there are quite a few metaphors taking place in this film. Each one symbolizes something else conjured up by the minuscule mind of yours truly, so please don’t assume that what I’m writing serves any purpose other than exercising my weary fingertips on a keyboard. I haven’t researched this movie AT ALL nor do I have any personal affiliation to it (other than my ongoing love affair with Johnny Depp, but that part of my psyche will be left alone during this prose. You’re welcome.)
ANYWAY, here’s my take on each portion of the film, metaphorically speaking of course:
Johnny Depp’s character (Dr. Will Caster) = Big Pharma and all of its militant devotees. This character was indeed a pioneer in the medical field, but it was his technological expertise that made way for the endless funding he received. He himself wasn’t even interested in changing the world, he was doing it for his “wife” (In the movie it was his wife who influenced him, but I believe this is a metaphor for the “marriage” of money and power to the fear of lack).
The innovative software that he created prior to his death (PINN) = the internet/world wide web. It was able to answer any questions and come up with informational facts, but all of its development was void of one pertinent thing: human interaction, contact, and emotion.
Depp’s character’s wife, Evelyn Caster = all of the passionate supporters in the technology industry, the ones who are truly excited about the good things that could be accomplished with such advancement in their field. The ones who astutely believe that they can find a way to cure the planet and all of mankind. They don’t feel this way because they have a God complex, quite the contrary, they feel this way because they have tapped into their subconscious enough to know that global healing is possible, and that everyone would immediately be on board with their philosophies, no matter how eccentric, as soon as they were explained the endearing premise behind such advanced technology.
The hundreds of civilians who were “healed” by Depp’s advanced technology and then became mindless drones = the “sheeple” of the world, those of us who believe everything that we see at face value. Those of us who are afraid to take responsibility for our own lives, those of us who never ask questions to our doctors or our bosses or our government, those of us who take whatever is given to us as long as we get our short-term needs fulfilled.
The underground vigilante society that waged civil war against computerized Depp and his monstrosity of an empire = all of the free thinkers, the radicals, the rebels…those of us who are taking our lives in our own hands by asking questions, becoming informed, taking control of our health, our wealth, our families, and not blindly trusting our future in the hands of someone else.
The garden that was featured in the beginning of the movie and then again at the end focuses in on a close-up of a plant. On this plant is a flower and on that flower is a droplet of rainwater. The droplet falls off the petal and is caught on film as it drips to the earth (in slow motion, of course). In my opinion this represents Mother Nature and her regenerative properties. In the beginning of the movie she is thriving, and in the end of the movie she is still thriving. Her robustness never fails, and it never will. You see, we cannot destroy the planet. We can build on top of a blade of grass but it will eventually force its way through concrete. We will just destroy ourselves and then the planet will regenerate itself like it always does. It is more powerful than us. It is not the weak, dying planet that we have all read about in a magazine or seen on a documentary. It is a strong planet that will allow us to die off in order to save itself…
That was my take on the movie. I could go on but it’s really getting late and I seriously doubt anyone is still reading this. Holy crap, it’s a good thing I don’t smoke weed.