Trailer for TRANSCENDENCE Tackles Big Sci-Fi Concept

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Trailer for TRANSCENDENCE Tackles Big Sci-Fi Concept
Cinematographer Wally Pfister has not been behind the camera for Christopher Nolan's heady 2014 science fiction blockbuster Interstellar, because he has been busy with his own directorial debut, Transcendence. The even heady-er (if that is a word) project aims to tackle identity, memory, immortality and evolution of the human consciousness, seemingly with all the bombast that Hollywood is known for. This is perhaps a small step backwards after the marvellous optimism at play in Spike Jonze's Her, insofar as we are back to the default 'fear' that usually is piled on in these projects.  But no matter, with Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Rebecca Hall, Clifton Collins Jr. and Cillian Murphy, and a world class cinematographer at the helm, there is no doubt that this will be a handsome film indeed. 

I get a curious The Lawnmower Man crossed with Seven vibe:  

Dr. Will Caster is an artificial intelligence researcher who strives to create a machine that possesses sentience and collective intelligence. Extremists who oppose technological advancement target him, but their actions drive him toward his goal. Caster also wants to become part of the new technology, and his wife Evelyn and his best friend Max Waters, also researchers, question the wisdom of this drive. Caster's goal to acquire knowledge becomes one to acquire power, and he seems to be unstoppable.

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BosDecember 22, 2013 9:30 AM

I am always eager to see some good sci-fi, can't wait

Jerry SköldDecember 22, 2013 1:22 PM

Oh, I´m so hoping that we won´t see another "MAN SHOULD NOT PLAY GOD!". The trailer, while pretty, is far from reassuring there.

God of JoyDecember 22, 2013 4:18 PM

lawnmower man 3?

davebaxterDecember 22, 2013 5:47 PM

Woooow. This looks schmaltzy as all hell, and not in a good way but in a pretentious self-important way. Maybe it's deeper and more nuanced than the trailer suggests, but ir sure looks like shite. Reaction shots of hands on head, you can't fight it, what have we done, you don't know what you're dealing with, etc, etc. Nothing but pure cliche sci-fi oh-my-god moments that tries to pass itself off as a movie. Also can't think of the last time Johnny Depp or Paul Bettany chose to be in an even halfway decent genre movie. Red flag right there.

KurtDecember 22, 2013 8:46 PM

Paul Bettany gets a lifetime pass for me due to his role in MASTER & COMMANDER.

davebaxterDecember 22, 2013 8:52 PM

I actually thought he had a lifetime pass from me after KNIGHT'S TALE. But then I was stupid enough to watch LEGION and PRIEST and...whoever his agent is, I can't trust what he keeps shoving Bettany into anymore.

Jerry SköldDecember 23, 2013 9:18 AM

I watched both of those for the same reason, and I *so* wanted them to be good. Priest was even worse because I wanted it to resemble the mahnwa at least a little (it didn´t).

DJ_BobbyPeruDecember 30, 2013 11:49 PM

Another trailer that made me feel like I've seen the movie already.