Wally Pfister has done excellent work as a cinematographer on films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Moneyball, but he’s making the move to the director’s chair with the ambitious sci-fi thriller Transcendence. The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence. In anticipation of the pic’s release, we’re happy to give away a few Transcendence-related items to some lucky readers, including a solar charger, T-shirts, passes to see the film, and more.
Hit the jump to find out how you can win and to get a look at the materials. Transcendence opens in theaters on April 18th, following special 8pm screenings on April 17th.
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This giveaway will be open until April 20th at noon PST and is only open to residents of the United States. Also, only one entry per person. Once the giveaway ends, we’ll look over the entries, make sure you’ve liked us on Facebook, and randomly pick out the winners. It never hurts to mention why you think you deserve to win.
1 Solar Charger with Speakers- ARV $58
2 Next Level Men’s “Humans Are Born. Not Programmed.” Tees – ARV $20 each
2 Hollywood Movie Money passes to see “Transcendence” – ARV $14 each, Total $28
2 Stylus Spiral Light Up Pen – ARV $8.50 each
2 17 oz. Full Color Cup – ARV $3 each
5 3.5″ Coaster – ARV $5
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) 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 (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), 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 terrifyinglyclear is there may be no way to stop him.
Alcon Entertainment presents “Transcendence,” starring Oscar® nominee Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Finding Neverland,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films), Paul Bettany (“The Da Vinci Code,” “A Beautiful Mind”), Rebecca Hall (“The Town,” “The Prestige”), Kate Mara (“House of Cards,” “Shooter”), Cillian Murphy (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), Clifton Collins, Jr. (“Star Trek,” “Pacific Rim”) and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby,” the “Dark Knight” movies).
“Transcendence” marks the feature film directorial debut of Oscar®-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (“Inception,” the “Dark Knight” movies). Pfister directed the movie from a screenplay by Jack Paglen.
Oscar® nominees Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson (“The Blind Side”) are producing the film with Kate Cohen, Marisa Polvino, Annie Marter, David Valdes, and Aaron Ryder.
Pfister’s behind-the-scenes collaborators include director of photography Jess Hall (“Brideshead Revisited”), production designer Chris Seagers (“X-Men: First Class”), Oscar-nominated editor David Rosenbloom (“The Insider”), costume designer George L. Little (“Zero Dark Thirty”), and Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Nathan McGuinness (“Master and Commander”). The music is composed by Mychael Danna, who won an Oscar® for his score for “Life of Pi.”
Opening nationwide on April 18, 2014, “Transcendence” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
The film has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sci-fi violence and action, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality.
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