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Transcendence - This week's film

11 December 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 20th December at 8.30pm

Transcendence (2014) 119 min – [ PG-13 ]

This film event is free – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2

Director: Wally Pfister
Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman
Genre: Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

A scientist’s drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.

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Transcendence - Film poster

Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Some poor ratings amongst the reviewers but an interesting analysis here by Observer film critic Mark Kermode Sunday 27 April 2014

“Big on conceptual ambition, this handsomely mounted technophobic fable is surprisingly short on crowd-pleasing explosions (the comparative lack of eye-popping action perhaps proving its downfall in the multiplexes). And while it may wear the clothes of an A-list 21st-century fantasy, at heart this is a post-Westworld dystopian B-picture about the future-retro collision between man and technology – a film built upon grand ideas rather than grand spectacle, and all the better for it.”

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More film information here – Transcendence (2014) IDMB


The Summit - This week's film

5 December 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 6th December at 8.30pm

The Summit (2012) 95 min – [ R ]

This film event is free – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2

Director: Nick Ryan
Starring: Christine Barnes, Hoselito Bite, Marco Confortola
Genre: Documentary | Adventure

The story of the deadliest day on the world’s most dangerous mountain, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2.

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On August 2008, twenty-four climbers from several international expeditions converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit of the most dangerous mountain on earth. Forty-eight hours later, eleven had been killed or had vanished, making it the worst K2 climbing disaster in history.

At the heart of The Summit lies a mystery about one extraordinary man, Ger McDonnell. By all accounts, he was faced with a heart-breaking dilemma— at the very limit of his mortal resources, he encountered a disastrous scene and a moral dilemma: three climbers tangled up in ropes and running out of time. In the death zone, above 8,000 metres, the body is literally dying with each passing second. Morality is skewed 180 degrees from the rest of life. When a climber falls or wanders off the trail, the unwritten code of the mountain is to leave them for dead.

Sundance World Cinema Documentary Editing Award Winner

61% tomatometer
‘While it could use more clarity than director Nick Ryan brings to bear, the real-life story behind The Summit still makes for compelling viewing.’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
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More information here – The Summit (2012) IDMB