Transcendence has been one of the most talked about future projects for quite some time, since it’s screenplay became common knowledge. Partially produced by Christopher Nolan and directed (in a debut) by one of Nolan’s favorite cinematographers, Wally Pfister, the first trailer for the film has finally been revealed.
The film is about a scientist named Will Caster, who works with his partner Max (Paul Bettany) and wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) to create a super powerful artificial intelligence. When he is shot with a radiation bullet by a radical opposition member, his time left becomes limited and he decides to attempt to integrate his own conscious into the artificial intelligence.
As the trailer suggests, the film will take on a very dark mood, as clearly the A.I. version of Dr. Caster has some slightly more menacing intentions for himself, and the likes of his wife, partner and a host of other characters played by Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara and others, must try to stop him.
With clear opportunity for social commentary, and for stunning special effects, there is a lot to be excited about. Johnny Depp is perfect for such a role, and hasn’t played a bad guy in a while. He won’t be a pure bad guy here, but his A.I. version certainly could.
It will be interesting to see what long time cinematographer Wally Pfister has picked up in terms of directing from his good friend and colleague Chris Nolan, who employed him on the likes on Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Prestige and Memento.
Transcendence hits theaters on April 17, 2014.