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Overall B-

If you were facing imitate death, how would you preserve your legacy? A brilliant scientist (Johnny Depp), with only weeks to live, decides to download his mind into a computer. By doing so his consciousness transcends both body and machine.

Violence C-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity B-
Substance Use B-

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality.

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Transcendence

A member of R.I.F.T. accuses Dr. Caster of creating his own god through technology. What drives the doctor to want to create an all-knowing intelligence? Is there danger in having intellect without emotion? What happens when the computer version of Will tries to empathize with Evelyn by analyzing the biological and chemical reactions in her body?

As his death approaches, Will says, “We fear what we don’t understand.” What does he fear about his death? Can the lack of understanding about technology or other scientific advancements make people leery of them? In this story, how does the ability to try new things get ahead of understanding their ethical consequence?

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