Transcendence always sounded pretty intriguing, but this trailer suggests we could be dealing with something very cool, even if there is a slight whiff of the 1980s around a film about a computer that gets too smart for its own good.
And if it also brings to mind Inception, it’s probably little coincidence this is the directorial debut of that movie’s cinematographer, Wally Pfister.
Here the 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 co-stars Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara and Paul Bettany. The film is due out next April.