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Johnny Depp narrates the teaser trailer for Wally Pfister's techno thriller Transcendence

Dec. 19, 2013by: Paul Shirey
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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES cinematographer Wally Pfister is making his directorial debut with the techno thriller TRANSCENDENCE starring Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Paul Bettany, and Rebecca Hall and today we've got a very brief teaser to entice you into theaters for it. Depp plays a scientist who finds a way to merge his mind with a machine, but with disasterous results (of course). It's not the most awe-inspiring premise, but it's definitely intriguing.

Heeeere's Johnny!:

Here's the synopsis:

Dr. Will Caster 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 succeedto be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn and friend Max, 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 powerto what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

I'm interested to see how Pfister pulls this off more than anything. The cast is great, no doubt, but I'm not concerned with them doing a good job. We've seen the man vs. machine/technology thing done quite a bit, which I'm sure Pfister has taken into account, so it not becomes how he'll tell the story in a new and original way. So far, I'm intrigued, but not completely sold that it will be a guaranteed knockout.

TRANSCENDENCE opens on April 18, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Does Pfister's name or that of the cast sell you on this completely or do you need to see more?
Source: You Tube

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7:38PM on 12/19/2013
I still think Johnny Depp would have made a pretty good Riddler.
I still think Johnny Depp would have made a pretty good Riddler.
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6:19PM on 12/19/2013
Reminds me of 80's Stuart Gordon. Thats not a bad thing.
Reminds me of 80's Stuart Gordon. Thats not a bad thing.
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5:52PM on 12/19/2013
I'm liking that it's an against-type role for Johnny Depp, and he's using his normal voice, which I've come to miss in his movies (thank you, Rango). The rest of the cast is promising as well.
I'm liking that it's an against-type role for Johnny Depp, and he's using his normal voice, which I've come to miss in his movies (thank you, Rango). The rest of the cast is promising as well.
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5:46PM on 12/19/2013

Cool

I bet Nolan made his teaser intentionally underwhelming to help hype this movie. This monologue is so much better than Interstellar's. Interstellar's sounds like a truck commercial.
That being said, I still have more faith in Nolan's movie. The premise is still more exciting although AI is no slouch and Nolan has proven that he can do Sci Fi very well.
I bet Nolan made his teaser intentionally underwhelming to help hype this movie. This monologue is so much better than Interstellar's. Interstellar's sounds like a truck commercial.
That being said, I still have more faith in Nolan's movie. The premise is still more exciting although AI is no slouch and Nolan has proven that he can do Sci Fi very well.
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6:57PM on 12/19/2013
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5:37PM on 12/19/2013

Getting a "Fly" vibe from this movie.

I'm hopeful they get really dark with this movie and it does end up being "Fly-esque."
I'm hopeful they get really dark with this movie and it does end up being "Fly-esque."
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5:30PM on 12/19/2013
That got me a little more excited for this, I also love that like the Interstellar trailer this barely shows anything.
That got me a little more excited for this, I also love that like the Interstellar trailer this barely shows anything.
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3:35PM on 12/19/2013
Rebecca Hall. I'm sold enough.
Rebecca Hall. I'm sold enough.
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3:17PM on 12/19/2013

Looks Promising...

...but having Johnny Depp as the lead could completely de-rail this, IMO. But if he can pull it off, it'll be fantastic to see him in a non-Disney, over-the-top role for once. The synopsis is very interesting, and the teaser doesn't give much away at all. Right now, the movie could go either way. Gotta wait and see
...but having Johnny Depp as the lead could completely de-rail this, IMO. But if he can pull it off, it'll be fantastic to see him in a non-Disney, over-the-top role for once. The synopsis is very interesting, and the teaser doesn't give much away at all. Right now, the movie could go either way. Gotta wait and see
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