‘Transcendence’ Featurette and Images: Johnny Depp Goes Digital

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A newly-released featurette for Transcendence – this April’s buzzed-about Johnny Depp sci-fi feature by Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister – contains a fair chunk of previously-unseen footage, along with some insightful comments by the cast and creative minds behind the film. That includes a noteworthy interview with costar Paul Bettany – the voice of JARVIS in the Marvel Movie Universe (who’ll soon play Vision for next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron).

Bettany reveals that a Caltech scientist informed him that the technology depicted in the film – which allows for a human consciousness (that of Depp’s terminally-wounded scientist Will Castor) to be uploaded into a supercomputer – is not so far-fetched as one might assume; on the contrary, it may be as soon as thirty years into the future (according to predictions), when humans can (via technology) achieve “immortality,” as Bettany puts it.

Well, according to 2001: A Space Odyssey, we should have already traveled across the universe with rogue A.I. thirteen years ago – which is to say, probably best to not start preparing for the war against the machines just yet. Regardless, it’s a cool story concept and one that feels all the more timely, as concerns about going too far with our creation of digital technology have increasingly become part of the zeitgeist (something that’s been reflected throughout various mediums of pop culture).

On that note, check out a fresh batch of images from Transcendence, via LCMG and Collider:


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Trailers and preview footage for Transcendence has continually impressed on a pure visual level, even more so when you watch them in an actual theater (and especially an IMAX screen). Indeed, Pfister’s refined sense of composition and scale – combined with a skilled cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, and Kate Mara in supporting roles – could be key to compensating for any possible narrative shortcomings in the script by relative unknown Jake Paglen.

That’s not to say Paglen’s screenwriting appears subpar – on the contrary, he looks to have crafted a worthwhile narrative with a strong-beating heart (e.g. the relationship between Will and his wife, played by Rebecca Hall). Problem is, some of those “A.I. gone haywire” elements seem like they might be a bit derivative – and thus, maybe not quite so profound, for anyone who’s ever played a video game, read a book, and/or watched a movie where humanity learns the hard way that self-aware machines may not be all fun and games.


Transcendence opens in regular and IMAX theaters in the U.S. on April 18th, 2014.

Source: LCMG [via Collider]

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  1. I’m very much pumped for this film but what bugs me about the idea of transcendence = immortality is the same thing that bugged me about The Prestige and or any kind of cloning in films in order to achieve longevity. Will is dying, they upload his consciousness into their mainframe, Will dies, but lives on as a computer intelligence. The problem is the Will dies. He’s not saved, he’s merely duplicated. His loved ones have their “Will” but it’s the new Will who is immortal, not the old one. If you are dying and your friends copy your brain into a computer, you’re still going to die. It’s not immortality.

    • you’re assuming copy and paste when you should be thinking cloud.at least that’s how i interpret the idea of a singularity

    • Agree….and will the loved ones even love the “new Will” anymore? Will the “new Will” still love his old loved ones?

  2. i’m excited for this movie….it could also be a Ultron origin story :D

    p.s. the playwire player sucks bizzalls

    or my laptop is bunk

  3. So happy to know that the dog days of movie releases are almost over…

    The blockbuster season is starting earlier and earlier now (at least IMO anyway) proof of that is Captain America 2 and Transcendence opening in April and being 2 of my most anticipated of the year.

  4. Lawnmower man III!!!!!

  5. It might just be me, but I am REALLY having trouble hearing what she is saying between 0:05 and 0:08… Anyone want to clear this up a bit? Maybe its just my computer. I get to “quantum processors” and then it sounds like gibberish to me after that.

    Not a good start for me.

    • “You won’t find faster computational power anywhere in the world.” What were her first words before “state of the art quantum processors”? Couldn’t hear them properly myself. :-)

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