‘Transcendence’ trailer: imagine a machine with a full range of human emotion.

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Last week gave us our first look at Transcendence, the first directorial effort from The Dark Knight cinematographer Wally Pfister, which stars Johnny Depp as a controversial scientist obsessed with the theory of singularity: where the evolution of artificial intelligence begins to outpace the evolution of human beings. His research makes him a target, and he’s forced to put his theories to the test, with dramatic results.

The teasers didn’t tell us much, but now we have a full-length trailer to dissect, featuring yet another bizarre character for Depp to inhabit. Take a look.

 

I’m certainly intrigued by the idea behind this one, and it looks to be shot very well (no surprise), but I’m still on the fence. The idea of uploading someone’s consciousness into a computer network seems a bit ridiculous, even for a sci-fi flick.

Transcendence also stars Cillian Murphy, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany. It’s scheduled for release 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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