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Watch: First Full-Length Trailer For Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence' Starring Johnny Depp Boots Up

by Kevin Jagernauth
December 20, 2013 8:17 PM
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Transcendence Wally Pfister Rebecca Hall Paul Bettany

Update: 2/10: New poster below.

Update 12/20: Finally, the full length trailer. Watch below.

Original story 12/19: "...singularity, is a theoretical moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence, radically changing civilization, and perhaps human nature. Since the capabilities of such an intelligence may be difficult for a human to comprehend, the technological singularity is often seen as an occurrence (akin to a gravitational singularity) beyond which the future course of human history is unpredictable or even unfathomable." So goes the the first couple lines of the Wikipedia entry on the subject of technological singularity, and the question is: can Wally Pfister turn that thematic material into a big screen, mainstream success in "Transcendence"?

Well, here's the first teaser trailer to see how he did. Starring Johnny Depp, the actor takes the role of Dr. Will Caster, whose creation of sentient machine puts him at risk from anti-technology extremists who inadvertently set the researcher on a dangerous path towards, you guessed it, transcendence. It's a fascinating premise by Jack Paglen from his 2012 Black List script, and while Pfister is making his feature debut, he isn't too far away from his frequent collaborator Christopher Nolan who is executive producing this one.

Thoughts? Share 'em below. Co-starring Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy, "Transcendence" happens on April 18, 2014. Watch below plus two more teasers featuring more narration and less footage!

Transcendence Poster
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  • Daniel | April 10, 2014 3:59 PMReply

    Where have all the new ideas gone ? This idea has been done & re - done numerous times before in movies & TV.
    So easy to recycle old ideas than to think of something fresh & original.

  • Victor | March 2, 2014 10:22 AMReply

    It makes sense; rival company is fighting Dr. Will's invention (completely natural line), then Dr. Will is shot (expected, something has to slow him down, natural). The tempo - action orientated or not - is just right for the story line. Then Dr. Will grows stronger as the A.I (same people who helped have to device a way to stop him). The movie is just "set".

  • yod | December 22, 2013 9:58 PMReply

    It looks completely ridiculous but I'm sure it will rake in the dollars, Transformers style.

  • Alex | December 22, 2013 3:30 AMReply

    This looks very 90s.

  • Joao | December 21, 2013 11:38 AMReply

    The trailer made it look very silly, but it has a great cast and Black List script, so I'll give it a chance.

  • Carla | December 21, 2013 9:28 PM

    The trailer actually made it look more interesting

  • Meh | December 21, 2013 11:33 AMReply

    This is literally an X-Files episode.

  • Greg | December 21, 2013 5:59 AMReply

    You can tell this is going to have tons of coverage and hype and then be thoroughly bland and disappointing. Depp is always a bad sign to me anyway.

  • Yousef | December 21, 2013 9:27 PM

    Eff you. I can till it is going to be great and Depp is a good sign when the overall movie sounds good.

  • Major Kalas | December 21, 2013 5:20 AMReply

    ...Paul Bettany here looks little bit like younger Lance Henriksen. Transcendence?

  • TheoC | December 21, 2013 5:19 AMReply

    this does look really silly

  • yod | December 22, 2013 10:00 PM

    Yousef, are you serious? A man was uploaded into a computer. What's not silly about that? And then the dialogue "shut it down! We can't, it's Johnny Depp!". lol

  • Yousef | December 21, 2013 9:32 PM

    How exactly does it look silly?

  • SonyaPBaldwin | December 21, 2013 5:16 AMReply

    til I saw the check that said $6578, I have faith neighbour woz like they say truly earning money part-time at there labtop.. there aunts neighbour had bean doing this for less than 11 months and as of now paid for the mortgage on their mini mansion and got a great Car. browse around this site>>>>

  • CrombyMouse | December 21, 2013 3:34 AMReply

    Do not look promising.

    I get it: Kate Mara and friends are bad, but after the 2/3 of the movie Depp becomes the real bad MF.

  • Yousef | December 21, 2013 9:33 PM

    It does and don't judge the movie before you actually see it.

  • hank | December 20, 2013 11:40 PMReply

    "From Director Wally Pfister" LOL did anyone else giggle at that. This guy hasn't directed anything so far but this cheap Lawnmower Man remake.

  • May | December 21, 2013 9:31 PM

    Cheap? Are you for real? The movie is nothing like LM and thatmovie is cheap but this one is pretty expensive and great looking.

  • hank | December 21, 2013 5:00 PM

    @Amir. exactly. I know who Pfister is and he's never been a director.

  • Andrew | December 21, 2013 12:06 PM

    Dude obviously had no idea who this guy is...ass

  • Amir Syarif Siregar | December 21, 2013 4:12 AM

    "You know Wally Pfister is Chris Nolan's longtime cinematographer right?"


  • Andrew | December 21, 2013 2:28 AM

    You know Wally Pfister is Chris Nolan's longtime cinematographer right?

  • cirkusfolk | December 19, 2013 4:32 PMReply

    And now Interstellar isn't the worst teaser of the year...this is.

  • TWATz | December 21, 2013 6:18 PM

    Uhh, that's all he ever does. Read him some time.

  • d | December 21, 2013 4:24 PM

    You seem to be exaggerating your own importance, Cirkusfolk

  • cirkusfolk | December 20, 2013 9:55 PM

    You're an idiot. The studio better hope I like it, otherwise I won't go see it. Economics 101 pal. And after seeing the full trailer, I can say I'm anymore intrigued. Didnt they make this movie already and call it The Lawnmower Man?

  • Twat | December 20, 2013 2:00 PM

    yeah, like the studio f*cking owes you anything. Oh no, that teaser wasn't good, the sky is falling!

  • Wally over Chris. | December 19, 2013 3:07 PMReply

    Best teaser, no like Interstellar. Sparrow's Maths

  • Sexton Blake | December 19, 2013 2:23 PMReply

    I like The Terminator too.

  • The Mayor of Crazy Town | December 19, 2013 2:10 PMReply

    Matrix IV: The Beginning

  • Piotr | December 21, 2013 11:49 AM

    Ha! I love that Matrix FOUR would be subtitled THE BEGINNING.

  • Jamie T D | December 19, 2013 1:46 PMReply

    I am excited one of my movies I am eager to see next year.

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