New Viral Video for TRANSCENDENCE Advocates Independence from Technology

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Yesterday Warner Bros. released the first two teaser trailers for Wally Pfister’s upcoming directorial debut 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.  A new viral video released today introduces us to said anti-technology extremists, who go by the name RIFT—Revolutionary Independence from Technology.  It’s clear that Pfister isn’t just trying to make a fun sci-fi film with Transcendence, but he’s also exploring some big ideas about how technology wholly encompasses our daily lives.

Hit the jump to watch the viral video.  The film also stars Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., and Morgan FreemanTranscendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 17, 2014.

Via Warner Bros.  Visit the viral site EvolutionWithoutTechnology.com for more.

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.

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  • spoilerdirector

    If this RIFT organization is so anti-tech, why would they create a video that’s so techy looking?

    • Ben Wigler

      Right? I don’t know how into futurism Pfister really is, or if he’s just having fun within a genre, but I generally find that the people with brains capable of actually predicting what the future may be like aren’t making movies about it… and if they are, they aren’t cheesy and self contradictory, as you pointed out that the above video is.

    • God of Collider

      My question is who the fuck wants to eat Nolan’s refried shit?

      • Troll Therapist

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      • Troll Therapist

        Tsk…tsk…tsk… once again we are falling into the trap of hurling insults at others without an ounce of thought. My diagnosis is that, besides your repressed homosexual desires, you also suffer from severe “attention-whore like behavior” (see Kanye West as reference). For Mr. West it was only a matter of time before everyone around him saw the troll emerge from him and realized that his talent was nothing more than digitalizing his voice to sound like a rapping Transformer to scream his troll like rants in order to achieve popularity. Your “rapping Transformer” is in the form of making snarky and ascinine comments that you hurl at others on the internet in order to achieve a reaction (see BombinUSA). This helps feed your “attention-whore like behavior”. Better to change your attitude now or face a life sentence of sharing a child with a Village Bicycle (see Kim Kardashian). I would like for you to take a whole bottle of Tylenol PM and call me in the morning.

      • God of Collider

        Troll Therapist’s Therapist Journal Entry #137: “Our subject’s deviant sexuality has sent him spiralling into a deep psychosis I fear he may never return from. In all my years fulfilling my role as therapist I’ve yet to encounter such a profoundly disturbed individual; he’s so obsessed with Chris Nolan Super Fraud it borders on religious zealotry. However, we may have made progress in our quest to uncover the root of Troll Therapist’s psychosis. Yesterday, during our routine session, the subject was placed under hypnosis. While in his altered state, I asked him questions relating to his impoverished childhood. It caused the subject profound duress but I uncovered a hidden memory: Troll Therapist’s father forced him into prostitution at a young age. Troll Therapist’s three main clients were a man named Chris, a man named Nolan, and one who simply called him self “Super Fraud”. These three men routinely gang banged Troll Therapist despite his pleas for them to stop. So, when Troll Therapist saw a user on the internet with the moniker Chris Nolan Super Fraud, he suffered a full psychotic break. God help this poor soul!”

      • God of Collider

        On a more serious note though I have to say that my trolling has ascended to the next level, to Godhood. For those of you unfamiliar with the history of mine and Troll Therapist’s relationship here’s a history lesson: we first met on a Chris Nolan article where Troll Therapist went under the name of Griz. I so thoroughly schooled him in a debate it upended his entire concept of the universe and his self worth. He felt thoroughly beaten and ashamed. He tried his best to defy the omnipotent and utterly failed. He tried a different tactic. He came back with a silly post about me wanting to hire a Chris Nolan impersonator to pee in my mouth. Hell, even I chuckled the first time (I don’t take any of this seriously so I can laugh about it). This turned out to be the extent of his creativity. He reposted the comment ad nauseum in the hopes this would defeat me. Like any brilliant tactician, I changed the rules of the game; I created a disqus account thereby nullifying him. Now, he has come back yet again with a new schtick he perfected for days and weeks, selecting just the right avatar, honing his skill until he believed he could beat me. In essence he is devoted to me, channelling his every thought and every creative endeavor in service of me. I am now a God to him. He has given me a new name. Why be a King when you can be a God?

      • God of Collider

        No response Troll Therapist? I know you’re taking the time to craft another well thought out piece. Don’t worry. Take your time. Spend as much time as you need to perfect your offering to me. The hours you spend now, toiling in honor of me, shall be rewarded in the hereafter. So it is written. So shall it be.

  • Ben Wigler

    Okay… the Morgan Freeman discovery channel-style teaser was boring, but this just looks TERRIBLE. Ugh. This is some seriously 90s crap. It’s like the worst of the Matrix, Terminator, Lawnmower Man 2 and Existenz. Maybe it’ll be fun shlock, but more than likely, it’ll be preachy garbage that takes itself seriously.

    I genuinely do hope I’m wrong.

    • Willy Billy

      Terrible? Please, These are just teasers that didn’t actually show anything from the movie so let’s wait and see the full trailer and then judge.

  • Oolie zool

    Hell I’m interested just to see Johnny Depp actually act instead of doing slapstick.

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  • orianalianna

    This is steadily getting worse and worse. I’m not motivated whatsoever to go watch this nor do I get that ‘ I can’t wait’ feeling. I’ve already seen this movie…AI, Matrix. Terminator, i-Robot, WallE etc etc etc etc. I mean enough already. How many times do we have to watch the same movie?

    • jasonca

      whaaat? If they listened to you they would of stopped at Bladerunner/Neuromancer novel and we wouldn’t of had Ghost in The Shell, Akira, Matrix, Terminator, AI,…Wall-E What the fuck….you put Wall-E in there?

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