Transcendence, co-written and directed by Wally Pfister, has been one of the most talked about releases of 2014, which is interesting, because Pfister’s work up to this point has been solely as a cinematographer, notably for all of Christopher Nolan’s movies going back to Memento. Can you remember another time a first-time writer/director became a hot commodity simply by his association with another director? It’s like Chris Nolan is the Ray J’s penis of directors.
Anyway, Transcendence stars Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany, almost all of whom I get weird boners for (sorry, Clifton).
Produced by Nolan, the film lands this spring and follows Johnny Depp as a researcher who gets uploaded into the mainframe of his computer — in a near-future when A.I. is outpacing human intelligence. [TheFilmStage]
Ooh, sounds like Tron meets sentient porno. Here’s the teaser:
ALT. HEADLINE: FAMOUS CINEMATOGRAPHER RELEASES TEASER WITH NO CINEMATOGRAPHY.
Really? A teaser trailer for a movie directed by a famous cinematographer and the whole thing is binary code flying at the screen created in After Effects? This is like if a famous musician released a trailer for his album and it was just pictures of him playing with the James Hetfield soundboard.
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.
Still via Transcendencethemovie.