Mind over matter
By Ben Mk
When discussing science fiction, there's something to be said for the distinction between hard and soft sci-fi. So-called hard sci-fi stories are typically grounded in tangible fields of scientific study, whereas soft sci-fi tends towards the spectrum of the hypothetical and the speculative. So what does this say about Transcendence, the debut film from Wally Pfister, the protégé of Christoper Nolan, which takes the hard sci-fi concept of the technological singularity and extrapolates a head-spinning what-if scenario from it? The answer may be surprising.