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First Look At Wally Pfister’s All-Star Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Transcendence’

Shooting is said to be almost complete on Oscar-winning cinematographer and Christopher Nolan’s frequent collaborator Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, TRANSCENDENCE. The film follows a group of top scientists trying to build the worlds first intelligent supercomputer. However, when their leader is killed it gives the remainder of the team the perfect opportunity to resurrect him by uploading his brain to the machine.

Three scientists – Max and the husband and wife team, Will (Depp) and Evelyn – have been developing a programming code for the world’s first fully self-aware computer. A group of anti-technology terrorists assassinate Will, Evelyn uploads his brain into a prototype supercomputer. Although she at first finds the experiment seems to have gone wrong, before too long Evelyn finds Will responding in computer form. She goes on to connect Will to the Internet so he can help make further scientific breakthroughs. Will asks Evelyn to connect a microphone and a camera up to the computer so he can see and speak to her as well. When the anti-technology organization finds out, they try to steal the supercomputer and destroy it, but Will no longer needs the computer to survive. 

Beijing-based company DMG Entertainment are co-financing the project and they’re behind the releasing this first mini-featuette, image and artwork from the film starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Josh Stewart, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Paul Bettany, Clifton Collins Jr., Cole Hauser and Morgan Freeman.

TRANSCENDENCE is set to open on 18th April 2014 but, for the moment, check out the featurette here:



Source: The Film Stage/L.A. Times.

Craig was our great north east correspondent, proving that it’s so ‘grim up north’ that losing yourself in a world of film is a foregone prerequisite. He has been studying the best (and often worst) of both classic and modern cinema at the University of Life for as long as he can remember. Craig’s favorite films include THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, JFK, GOODFELLAS, SCARFACE, and most of John Carpenter’s early work, particularly THE THING and HALLOWEEN.

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