"Transcendence" is a serious science fiction movie filled with big ideas and powerful images, but it never quite coheres, and the end is a copout.
Scott Nye holds a degree in Media Studies from Emerson College. He is a member of the Online Film Critics Society. He writes for Battleship Pretension, CriterionCast and other publications. You can read more of his work on railoftomorrow.com.
You see it happen more and more often these days: a movie pauses to address a potential plot hole, then explains it away with clunky dialogue or ignores it and moves on. The movies are trying to plug leaks in a boat before the whole thing sinks—never quite repairing it, but doing just enough to get by.