Wally Pfister's TRANSCENDENCE gets a proper synopsis

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Going into 2014, one film that has my attention is Transcendence. The directorial debut from Wally Pfister, he’s the man who framed various Christopher Nolan films, and pretty much the visual reason for the success of the Dark Knight trilogy.

Taking a page from Nolan however, his film has been shrouded in mystery for months now, with most of the plot kept under wraps. Until today at least.According to the official Warner Bros 2-14 preview kit via io9, this is what Transcendence shall be all about:

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.

Sounds pretty ambitious, and I’m dying to see how Depp and pals basically give birth to a god. The film is out next year, April 18.

Last Updated: December 11, 2013

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