‘Transcendence’ teaser trailers: Johnny Depp’s sentient machine.

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Hollywood has long been fascinated with exploring the idea of singularity, where highly advanced artificial intelligence begins to evolve faster than the intellect of their creators – indeed, the entire premise of the Terminator franchise is based around this theory. But in Transcendence, cinematographer Wally Pfister (making his directorial debut) looks to approach the subject from a different angle.

While no footage from the film has been made available, a pair of teaser trailers have surfaced, each one laying the foundation for the narrative. Check them out below.

 

I like this second clip a little better. Maybe it’s the Morgan Freeman voiceover that does it.

With a cast that includes Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and the aforementioned Morgan Freeman, Transcendence is scheduled to his theaters on April 18, 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.

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