"TRANSCENDENCE" from Warner Brothers opens Fri., April 18, 2014.
STARRING: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Cole Hauser and Cillian Murphy.
DIRECTOR: Wally Pfister (cinematographer on "Inception" and "The Dark Knight" trilogy.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Will Caster (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. When anti-intelligence extremists threaten his life, they inadvertently trigger a quick move toward his transcendence. Will's thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power--to what end is unknown.
Clearly this is no light and fluffy romp through the magic kingdom. This is heavy and hard-core thought-provoking material that exceeds what Johnny Depp has ever done. It's the cool thing to put him down and label him in unflattering ways but no one can name an actor better at this kind of material.
Depp has the uncanny ability to put himself completely into his part and draw from within himself a very powerful performance. This is no exception and will stand among his finest films. Warner Brothers will score big with this film and people of all walks of life will discuss it for years to come. Disney may have chosen the wrong weekend to release "Bears".
Sadly, this is not the type of film to be handled by a rookie director. Pfister has a knack for visuals but the story overwhelms him and kicks his backside something fierce. This is the type of material that should've been offered to Spielberg or Cameron or someone of their experience level with a story this intense. Time will tell but it's worth seeing and thinking about.