Warner Bros. has released the teaser trailer for the 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. Cinematographer Wally Pfister is making his directorial debut with the picture, and when it comes to a teaser trailer, it looks like he’s taking a page from frequent collaborator Christopher Nolan. Pfister is going even further than Nolan by not even showing a few seconds of footage and just hinting at the concept of the movie. Audiences are going to be in for a lot of new trailers when they head to the theater for Christmas Day new releases, and I’m not sure if this trailer will be intriguing or confusing for those unfamiliar with the film.
Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer. The film also stars Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Morgan Freeman. Transcendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 17, 2014.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Transcendence:
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 terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.