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No more teasing! Here's the first trailer for Transcendence starring Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall

12.20.2013

The three teasers for Wally Pfister's directorial debut TRANSCENDENCE left us wondering what would unfold for us when a full length trailer finally hit, and here it is. Before the teasers after the official synopsis came out, I was wondering what the inspiration was. We've seen several sci-fi movies that address artificial intelligence, and the result is usually terrifying. What happens when humans harness such abilities? Well, here's how Pfister and scribe Jack Paglen see it:

"Some scientists refer to this as the singularity...I call it transendence."

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 succeed—to 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 power—to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

TRANSCENDENCE starring Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Morgan Freeman hits theaters on April 17, 2014.

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11:55PM on 12/21/2013
And after seeing the trailer they managed to edit a slow paced drama into something exciting and thriller like... let's hope the final product reflects that. It needed music more like this instead of sad, mellow, piano.
And after seeing the trailer they managed to edit a slow paced drama into something exciting and thriller like... let's hope the final product reflects that. It needed music more like this instead of sad, mellow, piano.
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11:50PM on 12/21/2013
I was lucky enough to be invited to a screening of this. I went in with no knowledge of what I was seeing except that it was a PG-13 Sci-Fi thriller coming out next year starring Johnny Depp.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall...even Kate Mara and Josh Stewart in minimal roles. The script is a little silly and pacing is funky...too fast at the beginning, too slow at the end... lots of "suspense" that wasn't suspenseful. Lots of
I was lucky enough to be invited to a screening of this. I went in with no knowledge of what I was seeing except that it was a PG-13 Sci-Fi thriller coming out next year starring Johnny Depp.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall...even Kate Mara and Josh Stewart in minimal roles. The script is a little silly and pacing is funky...too fast at the beginning, too slow at the end... lots of "suspense" that wasn't suspenseful. Lots of creepiness that was funny. But Rebecca Hall and Johnny Depp give wonderful performances and I hope they took notes from the test audience and will improve it before it's released.
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7:03PM on 12/21/2013

Only giving it a shot because of Wally Pfister

I have been following the film closely since it's Wally Pfister's directorial debut, and of course you have to take notice when a first-time director gets a cast like that.

But that trailer... I don't know. Everything that happens before Johnny Depp's character was shot was great. It looked incredible. But it seems like after that, the trailer fell further and further into an unending spiral of ridiculousness.

I have no problem with suspension of disbelief, and the story seems
I have been following the film closely since it's Wally Pfister's directorial debut, and of course you have to take notice when a first-time director gets a cast like that.

But that trailer... I don't know. Everything that happens before Johnny Depp's character was shot was great. It looked incredible. But it seems like after that, the trailer fell further and further into an unending spiral of ridiculousness.

I have no problem with suspension of disbelief, and the story seems interesting, but I'm just saying: the second part of the trailer had distinct shades of M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, and that is a very very bad thing.
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5:50PM on 12/21/2013
This is exactly what I had always hoped a Lawnmower Man sequel would be.
This is exactly what I had always hoped a Lawnmower Man sequel would be.
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5:38PM on 12/21/2013

Finally

A Johnny Depp film where he is back to playing a real human role and not a fantasy one.
A Johnny Depp film where he is back to playing a real human role and not a fantasy one.
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3:27PM on 12/21/2013
Wow, I feel like the trailer gave away tooo much. Looks great however.
Wow, I feel like the trailer gave away tooo much. Looks great however.
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2:48PM on 12/21/2013

THAT LOOKED FUCKIN AWESOME

period. It reminded me a bit of gattaca like the set up of that film mixed with the lawnmower man. And that to me is awesome. I hope what they showed us won't be the movie and it will turn out to be more way more. If so we got another solid sci-fi film for the ages :)
period. It reminded me a bit of gattaca like the set up of that film mixed with the lawnmower man. And that to me is awesome. I hope what they showed us won't be the movie and it will turn out to be more way more. If so we got another solid sci-fi film for the ages :)
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11:13AM on 12/21/2013
I'm sold.

Compudepp 5000: "What is...love?"
I'm sold.

Compudepp 5000: "What is...love?"
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8:51AM on 12/21/2013
Really looks interesting and finally a Depp movie I can get excited about.
Really looks interesting and finally a Depp movie I can get excited about.
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5:40AM on 12/21/2013
Yeh does look interesting, Reminds me a bit of the lawnmower man.
Yeh does look interesting, Reminds me a bit of the lawnmower man.
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2:00AM on 12/21/2013
looks interesting
looks interesting
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12:16AM on 12/21/2013

Looks great...but

but... I feel like I just saw the whole movie. I hate when trailers show so much!
but... I feel like I just saw the whole movie. I hate when trailers show so much!
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12:12AM on 12/21/2013
im digging it hope it turns out to be a good one
im digging it hope it turns out to be a good one
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11:38PM on 12/20/2013
Great trailer. Reminds me a bit of what they did with Source Code
Great trailer. Reminds me a bit of what they did with Source Code
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11:24PM on 12/20/2013
Nice. Looks pretty cyberpunk indeed. Very interesting things are happening in scifi films lately, the space cowboy operas can be great fun too, but more edgy and cerebral films like this seems to be are even more interesting to me.
Hope to see Snowcrash on the screen one day soon.
Nice. Looks pretty cyberpunk indeed. Very interesting things are happening in scifi films lately, the space cowboy operas can be great fun too, but more edgy and cerebral films like this seems to be are even more interesting to me.
Hope to see Snowcrash on the screen one day soon.
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11:14PM on 12/20/2013

Dude!

This looks transcendental. Pure genius!
This looks transcendental. Pure genius!
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11:09PM on 12/20/2013

Lawn mower mannnnn!!

Seriously. That synopsis screams it.
Seriously. That synopsis screams it.
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10:27PM on 12/20/2013
That definitely seemed like a fresh breath of air. Looks like it does a good job of blending the Sci-Fi with the horror.
That definitely seemed like a fresh breath of air. Looks like it does a good job of blending the Sci-Fi with the horror.
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10:18PM on 12/20/2013

Excited.

It LOOKS so much like his previous work with Nolan and after watching Nolan's teaser (if only of the brief footage) you could think that what we think of the Nolan look was all Pfister. Check out the glide-cam work and the color palette of this film to other ones. You would think Nolan would be directing it. I still see Pfister VERY in charge over the Cinematography. I'm looking over Jess Hall's portfolio on IMDB since he's DP and it's hard to imagine Pfister letting go of the camera lol. Can't
It LOOKS so much like his previous work with Nolan and after watching Nolan's teaser (if only of the brief footage) you could think that what we think of the Nolan look was all Pfister. Check out the glide-cam work and the color palette of this film to other ones. You would think Nolan would be directing it. I still see Pfister VERY in charge over the Cinematography. I'm looking over Jess Hall's portfolio on IMDB since he's DP and it's hard to imagine Pfister letting go of the camera lol. Can't wait to see more!
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1:11AM on 12/21/2013
That could also mean that Wally Pfister learned a lot about directing from Christopher Nolan, considering they did seven films together. Nolan is very heavily involved in the visual aspect, so he likely had some influence on Pfister, which he is taking to this movie.
That could also mean that Wally Pfister learned a lot about directing from Christopher Nolan, considering they did seven films together. Nolan is very heavily involved in the visual aspect, so he likely had some influence on Pfister, which he is taking to this movie.
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9:24PM on 12/20/2013
Finally, a Johnny Depp movie worth getting excited about!
Finally, a Johnny Depp movie worth getting excited about!
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9:05PM on 12/20/2013
This looks brilliant. Very William Gibson-y, love the cast, the tone and the look of it.
This looks brilliant. Very William Gibson-y, love the cast, the tone and the look of it.
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8:29PM on 12/20/2013

Looks very 90s

And there ain't nothing wrong with that! It reminds me of Lawnmower Man in a way.
And there ain't nothing wrong with that! It reminds me of Lawnmower Man in a way.
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8:36PM on 12/20/2013
Exactly what I thought. '90s tech thriller.
Exactly what I thought. '90s tech thriller.
8:17PM on 12/20/2013
I'm pretty sure we just saw the first, second, and third act. Looks great but I'd wish they'd've stuck with the more discreet tone of the teasers.
I'm pretty sure we just saw the first, second, and third act. Looks great but I'd wish they'd've stuck with the more discreet tone of the teasers.
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8:01PM on 12/20/2013
Holy fuck yes....very excited!
Holy fuck yes....very excited!
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