Much like its digitized main character, Transcendence has a cold, distant personality that might understand how humans act but can’t comprehend how they feel. It’s not too difficult to explore the dangers of a man being consumed by technology. That story goes all the way back to the tale of Icarus. It may feel relevant due to our investment in the Internet and the distance we create every day by putting our lives online rather than forging real personal connections, but Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut sticks to a path where other films have gone before. The movie still asks worthwhile questions, but they’re never elevated beyond dorm-room level philosophy. Additionally, these questions overshadow the characters, who are reduced to pieces of a conversation we’ve already had before.