Humanity and technology are intrinsically linked. Google Ads track our every move across the web, social media networks control our interactions, and you will never be able to unsubscribe from Linked-In invitation spam for as long as you live. All this draws us ever closer to the theory of Singularity.
If you’ve never heard of the Singularity, it’s a hypothetical moment in time where artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of greater-than-human intelligence, thereby radically changing civilisation, and perhaps human nature (thanks Wikipedia!) Johnny Depp calls this moment 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.
Darryn originally said that Transcendence sounds pretty ambitious, and I hope that director Wally Pfister hasn’t bitten off more than he can chew. I can’t help but wonder if Transcendence will be visually stunning but have a paint-by-numbers plot. The “evil in the machine” concept is a well-explored one, and I don’t know if Transcendence will bring anything new to the table. The teaser trailers also did a better job of selling the concept (in case you missed them check them about below).
For now, I guess it’s good enough that we have Johnny Depp back to acting like someone other than Captain Jack Sparrow.
Co-staring Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany Kate Mara and Rebecca Hall, Transcendence will be uploading 18 April.
Last Updated: January 23, 2014