Transcendence stars Johnny Depp as a supercomputer imbued with the consciousness of a murdered scientist. It’s from a black list script by Jack Paglen which is produced by Christopher Nolan and directed by first-time director Wally Pfister (the cinematographer of The Dark Knight Rises).
Warner has just released the first teaser trailer. If the teaser is confusing, here’s the official 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.
Wow, that’s a wordy synopsis, but not as spoiler-filled as our summary of the plot. Speaking of wordy, here’s the first teaser for Transcendence.
Transcendence opens April 18th, 2014.