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Transcendence (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Transcendence (2014)

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. (Read More)

Themes:technology, blindness, terrorism, military, deception, surrealism
Locations:laboratory, motel, wheelchair, woods, desert, hotel, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:professor, soldier
Story:self consciousness, artificial intelligence, fbi agent, berkeley california, science vs religion, terrorist group, science runs amok, babe scientist, computer screen, super computer, military officer, computer virus, body enhancement, mind uploading, transamerica pyramid, ghost in the machine, radiation poisoning, nanobot, climbing up a wall, extremist

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:military, deception, surrealism
Locations:laboratory, woods, desert
Characters:professor, soldier
Story:babe scientist, regeneration, car rollover, mind reading, subterranean, construction worker, moral dilemma, power outage, resurrection, construction site, u.s. army, back from the dead, mind control, ak 47, mercenary, race against time, binoculars, news report, no opening credits, shot in the back

Blackhat (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Blackhat (2015)

Nick Hathaway, an extremely talented hacker who has gone astray, finds his way out of a 15 year prison sentence when parts of a computer code he once wrote during his youth appears in a malware that triggered a terrorist attack in a nuclear power plant in China. This opportunity will reunite him with an old friend but will also put him in the middle of a power game between the American and Chinese government as well as an arch villain hacker whose identity he has to find if he wants to keep his freedom and his life. (Read More)

Themes:technology, terrorism, deception
Locations:desert, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:soldier
Story:fbi agent, computer virus, terrorist, computer, flash drive, assault rifle, sabotage, ak 47, mercenary, race against time, fbi, binoculars, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, shot in the back, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, machine gun

Self/less (2015)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Self/less (2015)

An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Themes:deception, surrealism
Locations:laboratory, motel, wheelchair, woods, restaurant, bar
Characters:professor
Story:science runs amok, car rollover, consciousness, foreplay, moral dilemma, resurrection, back from the dead, mercenary, no opening credits, exploding car, diner, scientist, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, pistol, explosion

The Lawnmower Man (1992) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014)
Horror, Sci-fi

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

A scientist performs experiments involving intelligence enhancing drugs and virtual reality on a simple-minded gardener. He puts the gardener on an extensive schedule of learning, and quickly he becomes brilliant. But at this point the gardener has a few ideas of his own on how the research should continue, and the scientist begins losing control of his experiments. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:laboratory, hotel
Story:science runs amok, computer virus, mind uploading, mind reading, foreplay, artificial intelligence, mind control, monkey, mercenary, race against time, news report, diner, scientist, supernatural power, bomb, computer, machine gun, shot to death, pistol, explosion

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes. This is why Kokaku Kidotai (1995) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014). (Read More)

Themes:technology, terrorism, deception, surrealism
Locations:laboratory, wheelchair, hotel
Characters:soldier
Story:science runs amok, computer virus, ghost in the machine, mind reading, superhuman strength, artificial intelligence, mind control, sabotage, mercenary, race against time, exploding car, shot in the back, scientist, computer, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, shot to death, pistol, explosion

Spectral (2016)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Spectral (2016)

Civil Unrest in the European country of Moldova has US forces engaging the insurgents however there is a new threat who has decided both are their enemy. This new threat resides in an alternative spectrum that makes them invisible to the naked eye and instant death to anyone confronting them. Locals believe they are Spirits of War but others believe they are superior arms technology fabricated by the Moldova government.. (Read More)

Themes:technology, military
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Story:consciousness, assault rifle, power outage, u.s. army, ak 47, directorial debut, mercenary, race against time, binoculars, scientist, science, supernatural power, bomb, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, car accident, machine gun, blood splatter, pistol, explosion

Morgan (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Morgan (2016)

Themes:deception
Locations:laboratory, woods
Story:science runs amok, babe scientist, moral dilemma, mutation, artificial intelligence, sabotage, directorial debut, diner, shot in the back, scientist, science, held at gunpoint, computer, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, pistol, title spoken by character, one word title, blood

The Machine (2013) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Machine (2013)

Two artificial intelligence engineers come together as they work to create the first ever self-aware artificial intelligence. A veteran AI engineer secretly hopes to develop technology to help his diseased daughter, even if it means funding comes from the powerful Ministry of Defence (MoD). His new partner, a young woman gifted in the field of AI, is brought on after her breakthroughs are recognized by the MoD. Things go wrong when the MoD takes over and advances the researchers' work to the next level, teaching the AI to kill and follow MoD instructions with its new and nearly indestructible body. (Read More)

Themes:military, technology, deception, surrealism
Locations:laboratory, wheelchair, hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:artificial intelligence, babe scientist, super computer, computer virus, subterranean, consciousness, moral dilemma, assault rifle, mercenary, race against time, no opening credits, shot in the back, scientist, science, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception
Locations:laboratory, restaurant
Characters:professor, soldier
Story:flash drive, car rollover, moral dilemma, assault rifle, death threat, told in flashback, sabotage, mercenary, race against time, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, nonlinear timeline, terrorist, shot in the back, held at gunpoint, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, blood splatter

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. This is why G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014). (Read More)

Themes:blindness, terrorism, military, deception
Locations:desert
Characters:soldier
Story:terrorist group, nanotechnology, subterranean, assault rifle, power outage, ak 47, mercenary, race against time, binoculars, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, terrorist, shot in the back, bomb, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, machine gun, shot to death

Victor Frankenstein (2015)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protege Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:laboratory, woods, restaurant, hospital
Story:science vs religion, science runs amok, moral dilemma, resurrection, back from the dead, cannon, told in flashback, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, shot in the back, scientist, science, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, shot to death, explosion, title spoken by character, flashback, blood

Xxx (2002) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx (2002)

Xander "XXX" Cage is a thrill seeker who until now has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons forces XXX to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring, and avoid going to prison. Gibbons sends XXX to enter this world of crime undetected where others have failed, using his natural athletic prowess and a whole lot of attitude. Xander must combat an organization led by a clever, ruthless and nihilistic Yorgi whose first target is the city of Prague. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism
Locations:laboratory, restaurant
Story:terrorist group, subterranean, sabotage, ak 47, mercenary, race against time, fbi, binoculars, no opening credits, exploding car, diner, terrorist, california, shot in the back, scientist, bomb, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, car accident

Survivor (2015)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception
Locations:laboratory, wheelchair, hotel, restaurant
Story:terrorist group, flash drive, ak 47, race against time, binoculars, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, terrorist, scientist, bomb, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, machine gun, pistol, explosion, one word title, flashback

Man Of Steel (2013)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Man Of Steel (2013)

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Themes:military
Locations:laboratory, desert, hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:professor, soldier
Story:fbi agent, mind reading, christ allegory, assault rifle, artificial intelligence, power outage, construction site, u.s. army, race against time, fbi, binoculars, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, nonlinear timeline, diner, scientist, supernatural power, slow motion scene, small town

Iron Man Three (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Iron Man Three (2013)

Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? This is why Iron Man Three (2013) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014). (Read More)

Themes:technology, terrorism, deception, surrealism
Locations:laboratory, motel, wheelchair, hotel, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:terrorist group, science runs amok, babe scientist, terrorist, nanotechnology, regeneration, narrated by character, mutation, artificial intelligence, mind control, told in flashback, ak 47, race against time, news report, no opening credits, diner, california, scientist, supernatural power, held at gunpoint

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation's underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Story:science runs amok, super computer, subterranean, mutation, artificial intelligence, power outage, mind control, mercenary, race against time, shot in the back, supernatural power, bomb, held at gunpoint, computer, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death

Odd Thomas (2013)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Odd Thomas (2013)

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas ('Anton Yelchin' (qv)) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction - Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy ('Addison Timlin' (qv)) and the local sheriff ('Willem Dafoe' (qv)), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, surrealism
Locations:motel, wheelchair, desert, restaurant, hospital
Story:terrorist group, small town, narrated by character, assault rifle, race against time, no opening credits, exploding car, diner, terrorist, california, shot in the back, supernatural power, bomb, held at gunpoint, computer, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, blood splatter

American Assassin (2017)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, military, deception
Locations:laboratory, woods, hotel, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:terrorist group, terrorist, assault rifle, cannon, ak 47, mercenary, race against time, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, shot in the back, scientist, bomb, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death

American Ultra (2015)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

American Ultra (2015)

Small-town stoner Mike Howell ('Jesse Eisenberg' (qv)) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted by the failed test subjects that are sent after him by the CIA. (Read More)

Themes:military, deception
Locations:woods, hotel
Characters:soldier
Story:in medias res, assault rifle, death threat, power outage, u.s. army, told in flashback, sabotage, monkey, mercenary, race against time, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, nonlinear timeline, shot in the back, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, small town, shot in the chest, car accident

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

Tony Stark creates the Ultron Program to protect the world, but when the peacekeeping program becomes hostile, The Avengers go into action to try and defeat a virtually impossible enemy together. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together once again to protect the world from global extinction. This is why Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014). (Read More)

Themes:technology, terrorism, deception
Locations:laboratory, woods, bar
Characters:professor, soldier
Story:artificial intelligence, science runs amok, super computer, regeneration, assault rifle, resurrection, back from the dead, mind control, jeep, ak 47, mercenary, race against time, no opening credits, exploding car, terrorist, shot in the back, scientist, supernatural power, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene

War Dogs (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. (Read More)

Themes:military, deception
Locations:motel, woods, desert, hotel, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:fbi agent, moral dilemma, death threat, u.s. army, ak 47, race against time, fbi, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, diner, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, machine gun, pistol, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, flashback

Predestination (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predestination (2014)

PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

Themes:terrorism, deception, surrealism
Locations:wheelchair, bar, hospital
Story:in medias res, race against time, news report, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, terrorist, bomb, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, rain, pistol, explosion, title spoken by character, one word title, blood, flashback

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)

Seven Australian teenage friends from a small town go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they didn't know was their country was being invaded by another country. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, they band together to fight the enemy. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:restaurant
Characters:soldier
Story:told in flashback, ak 47, mercenary, binoculars, no opening credits, exploding car, shot in the back, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, small town, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, pistol, explosion, husband wife relationship, blood

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to go to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:technology, military, deception
Locations:wheelchair, desert, restaurant, bar
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer, christ allegory, narrated by character, resurrection, u.s. army, back from the dead, sabotage, mercenary, fbi, binoculars, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, shot in the back, scientist, bomb, held at gunpoint, computer, slow motion scene, shot in the chest

Scanners (1981)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Scanners (1981)

Darryl Revok is the most powerful of all the scanners, and is the head of the underground scanner movement for world domination. Scanners have great psychic power, strong enough to control minds; they can inflict enormous pain/damage on their victims. Doctor Paul Ruth finds a scanner that Revok hasn't, and converts him to their cause - to destroy the underground movement. This is why Scanners (1981) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, surrealism
Locations:hotel
Characters:professor
Story:science runs amok, mind reading, mind control, sabotage, exploding car, terrorist, shot in the back, scientist, supernatural power, held at gunpoint, computer, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, pistol, explosion, title spoken by character, one word title

Hardcore Henry (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it... (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, surrealism
Locations:laboratory, wheelchair, woods, bar
Characters:soldier
Story:terrorist group, babe scientist, super computer, artificial intelligence, resurrection, back from the dead, mind control, ak 47, directorial debut, mercenary, exploding car, terrorist, shot in the back, scientist, supernatural power, bomb, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, car accident

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. (Read More)

Themes:technology, terrorism, deception
Locations:hotel, restaurant, bar
Characters:soldier
Story:terrorist group, super computer, flash drive, car rollover, moral dilemma, death threat, sabotage, ak 47, mercenary, race against time, binoculars, exploding car, terrorist, shot in the back, bomb, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun

Red Dawn (2012) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, military, deception
Locations:woods, restaurant, bar
Characters:soldier
Story:assault rifle, power outage, sabotage, ak 47, mercenary, race against time, binoculars, news report, exploding car, shot in the back, bomb, held at gunpoint, small town, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, shot to death, pistol, explosion

Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (Read More)

Themes:technology, deception
Locations:wheelchair, restaurant, bar, hospital
Story:fbi agent, flash drive, narrated by character, moral dilemma, death threat, power outage, sabotage, race against time, fbi, news report, nonlinear timeline, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, car accident, rain, pistol, one word title, flashback, kiss, blood

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". This is why Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, military, deception
Locations:laboratory, wheelchair, woods, desert, bar
Characters:soldier
Story:super computer, flash drive, car rollover, subterranean, christ allegory, moral dilemma, assault rifle, artificial intelligence, death threat, power outage, u.s. army, cannon, ak 47, mercenary, race against time, news report, exploding car, diner, terrorist, scientist

'71 (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

'71 (2014)

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.

Themes:terrorism, military
Characters:soldier
Story:terrorist group, assault rifle, wound, directorial debut, no opening credits, shot in the back, bomb, held at gunpoint, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, pistol, explosion, husband wife relationship, one word title, blood

Passenger 57 (1992) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Passenger 57 (1992)

Air travel is the safest, the FAA says. But the FAA never figured the risk with Charles Rane on board. "The Rane of Terror" has masterminded four terrorist attacks. Soon there will be a fifth -- and that's bad news for the passengers on Flight 163. But there's good news too: the man in seat 57! Wesley Snipes plays John Cutter, an undercover security operative who enters the lavatory and exits to find Rane (Bruce Payne) and his gang have taken over. Cutter's next move is clear. Do. Or be done to. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception
Locations:hospital
Story:fbi agent, terrorist group, terrorist, death threat, sabotage, monkey, race against time, fbi, binoculars, exploding car, shot in the back, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, pistol, explosion

Jonah Hex (2010)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller, Western

Jonah Hex (2010)

During Grant's presidency, Jonah Hex is a remorseless bounty hunter. In the Civil War, he was a rebel whose honor put him afoul of a Confederate general, Quentin Turnbull, who murdered Jonah's family while Jonah watched. As a result of the ordeal, Jonah's face is disfigured and he can talk with the dead. After staging his own death, Turnbull, with a group of rebel stalwarts, hatches a plan to bring the Union to its knees. Grant wants Hex to stop it. While the nation readies to celebrate Independence Day, Hex and an unlikely ally have little time to stop Turnbull and his weapon of mass destruction. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, military, surrealism
Locations:woods, desert, bar
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer, mortar, christ allegory, resurrection, u.s. army, back from the dead, cannon, race against time, no opening credits, terrorist, shot in the back, supernatural power, held at gunpoint, small town, shot in the chest, shot to death, rain, pistol, explosion, title spoken by character

Swordfish (2001)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Swordfish (2001)

When the DEA shut down its dummy corporation operation codenamed SWORDFISH in 1986, they had generated $400 million which they let sit around; fifteen years of compound interest has swelled it to $9.5 billion. A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell, headed by the duplicitious and suave Gabriel Shear, wants the money to help finance their raise-the-stakes vengeance war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away behind super-encryption. He brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson, who only wants to see his daughter Holly again but can't afford the legal fees, to slice into the government mainframes and get the money. (Read More)

Themes:technology, terrorism, deception
Story:fbi agent, in medias res, told in flashback, exploding car, nonlinear timeline, terrorist, held at gunpoint, computer, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, pistol, explosion, title spoken by character, one word title, blood, flashback

Allegiant (2016)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. This is why Allegiant (2016) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014). (Read More)

Themes:technology, terrorism, military, deception, surrealism
Locations:woods, desert
Characters:soldier
Story:climbing up a wall, subterranean, moral dilemma, assault rifle, sabotage, race against time, no opening credits, exploding car, shot in the back, scientist, bomb, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, shot to death, rain, pistol, explosion

Lone Survivor (2013) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, military, deception
Locations:woods
Characters:soldier
Story:narrated by character, moral dilemma, assault rifle, cannon, wound, ak 47, binoculars, exploding car, nonlinear timeline, terrorist, shot in the back, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, pistol, explosion, blood

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:laboratory, motel, wheelchair, woods, desert, hotel, bar, hospital
Characters:professor, soldier
Story:science runs amok, regeneration, christ allegory, moral dilemma, assault rifle, mind control, mercenary, race against time, binoculars, exploding car, shot in the back, scientist, supernatural power, held at gunpoint, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, pistol

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. (Read More)

Themes:military, deception, surrealism
Locations:laboratory, wheelchair, woods, desert, bar
Characters:professor, soldier
Story:regeneration, mind reading, subterranean, mutation, power outage, resurrection, back from the dead, mind control, sabotage, ak 47, mercenary, race against time, news report, no opening credits, shot in the back, scientist, supernatural power, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, machine gun

Midnight Special (2016)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Midnight Special (2016)

Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. (Read More)

Themes:technology, military, deception, surrealism
Locations:motel, woods
Characters:soldier
Story:fbi agent, car rollover, christ allegory, moral dilemma, u.s. army, race against time, fbi, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, diner, supernatural power, held at gunpoint, computer, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, shot to death, rain, pistol

Patriots Day (2016) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. This is why Patriots Day (2016) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception
Locations:wheelchair, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:fbi agent, fbi, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, diner, terrorist, bomb, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, pistol, explosion, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, blood

American Sniper (2014)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, military
Locations:wheelchair, woods, desert, restaurant, bar, hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:in medias res, moral dilemma, assault rifle, ak 47, mercenary, binoculars, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, nonlinear timeline, terrorist, shot in the back, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, pistol

Chappie (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Chappie (2015)

In Johannesburg, the police department reduced the high rating of criminality using robots from the Tetravaal Company, designed by the engineer Deon Wilson. The former military Vincent Moore is envious of Deon, since he has developed another project called Moose, but neither Tetravaal nor the police department is interested. Deon has just developed an Artificial Intelligence but the Tetravaal's CEO Michelle Bradley asks him to abort the project. Deon decides to bring the damaged Robot 22 that was sent to be crushed to test his A.I. However he is kidnapped by the criminals Ninja, Yo-Landi and Amerika that want him to stop the robot cops. When they see the damaged robot in the van, they force Deon to program it to heist banks with them and they call it Chappie. However, Chappie acts like a child and need to be trained to learn and grow. Meanwhile Vincent follows Deon and plots an evil scheme to activate his robot. (Read More)

Themes:military, deception, surrealism
Locations:laboratory
Story:mind uploading, flash drive, consciousness, assault rifle, artificial intelligence, told in flashback, sabotage, ak 47, mercenary, race against time, binoculars, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, nonlinear timeline, shot in the back, bomb, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest

X: First Class (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

X: First Class (2011)

Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, military, surrealism
Locations:laboratory, woods, bar
Characters:professor, soldier
Story:terrorist group, military officer, mind reading, mutation, u.s. army, mind control, sabotage, mercenary, binoculars, no opening credits, terrorist, shot in the back, scientist, supernatural power, held at gunpoint, shot in the chest, machine gun, shot to death, pistol, explosion

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, military, deception, surrealism
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Story:terrorist group, science runs amok, nanotechnology, power outage, mercenary, race against time, news report, exploding car, terrorist, scientist, bomb, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, rain, pistol, explosion, flashback

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:deception
Locations:motel, desert, bar
Story:moral dilemma, assault rifle, death threat, ak 47, race against time, news report, no opening credits, diner, california, shot in the back, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, pistol, explosion, blood

Robocop (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Robocop (2014)

The year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years - and it's meant billions for OmniCorp's bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit - is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice. (Read More)

Themes:technology, military, terrorism, deception
Locations:laboratory, restaurant, hospital
Story:moral dilemma, assault rifle, artificial intelligence, resurrection, back from the dead, mind control, ak 47, mercenary, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, terrorist, shot in the back, scientist, science, bomb, held at gunpoint, shot in the chest, machine gun, shot to death

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:laboratory, wheelchair
Characters:professor, soldier
Story:super computer, flash drive, subterranean, artificial intelligence, power outage, sabotage, ak 47, mercenary, race against time, binoculars, no opening credits, exploding car, shot in the back, scientist, bomb, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, car accident, machine gun

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Transcendence (2014)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Themes:blindness, terrorism, military, deception
Locations:desert, bar, hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:terrorist group, flash drive, christ allegory, subterranean, construction worker, power outage, construction site, u.s. army, sabotage, ak 47, mercenary, race against time, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, terrorist, shot in the back, scientist, bomb, held at gunpoint

Power Rangers (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Power Rangers (2017)

High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vegenance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world.

Themes:terrorism, deception, surrealism
Locations:woods
Story:regeneration, car rollover, superhuman strength, construction worker, mutation, power outage, resurrection, construction site, back from the dead, cannon, sabotage, race against time, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, supernatural power, held at gunpoint, slow motion scene, small town, shot in the chest

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