Full Trailer for Wally Pfister’s ‘Transcendence’ – Johnny Depp Is Going Everywhere

Written by on December 20, 2013 

Following a tossed-off teaser that revealed virtually nothing — you know, as teasers so often do — Warner Bros. have provided a full trailer for Transcendence, the tech-centered thriller that earns most of its significance (such as it is) for marking the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan‘s frequent cinematographer, Wally Pfister. But that’s not all: it has an all-star cast — Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany — and super high-concept sci-fi angle, the mere combination of which would cause most studio heads salivate in their leather chairs.

Let’s hope it’s a matter of by-the-numbers marketing, then, when this initial glance offers little past a few interesting images — look at those computer consoles! how about that thing crawling through pavement! (for the record: Pfister is not handling cinematography; those duties go to Jess Hall [Hot Fuzz, The Spectacular Now]) — and an intriguing send-off, in-between mostly looking a bit banal for a movie about turning someone’s brain into a computer system. I’ll give this thing the benefit of the doubt, in part because I’d like to see what comes of it all; besides, there’s still a few months to impress the masses.

Watch the full trailer below:

Synopsis:

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.

Transcendence will open on April 14, 2014.

Does this first trailer make much of an impression? How would Pfister seem to acquit himself as a director?


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