We recently saw three teaser videos for Wally Pfister’s Transcendence, but the first full trailer is now available, and it looks very promising. Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) stars as Dr. Will Caster, a researcher at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence science, who becomes intimately entwined with his research after an attack by the anti-technology terrorist group, R.I.F.T. Pfister’s dramatic cinematography is in full display, but the themes he’s decided to tackle make his directorial debut all the more interesting for me. Except for one head-scratcher of a plot point in this first trailer (you’ll know it when you hear it), I’m already putting Transcendence high on my “Most Anticipated” list of 2014 films.
Also starring Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., and Morgan Freeman, Transcendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 17, 2014. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
Watch the full trailer for Transcendence below, or head over to Apple to in HD:
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.