I guess I should have said “come inside and listen to it” as the bulk of this trailer is all dialogue from Johnny Depp. It’s very reminiscent of the original The Dark Knight teaser trailer which only featured the Joker talking. That comparison might very well be done on purpose as Wally Pfister was the cinematographer behind the Dark Knight Trilogy and has collaborated many times with Christopher Nolan.
The man’s first outing as a director could be very interesting indeed. While the trailer doesn’t give away too much, it brings up some cool and scary ideas.
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.
Transcendence will hit theaters on April 18, 2014.