Transcendence

2014

Will Caster

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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.(Source: Warner Brothers)

Director: Wally Pfister

Cast: Johnny Depp Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins, Jr., Morgan Freeman

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ABOUT THIS MOVIE

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"What I found most interesting about this film is that when I was first reading the script and started to experience the story, it had this kind of classic feel of sci-fi. But as you watch and get further into the story, you realize that it's actuality. A lot of the technology that was being used... the ability to upload a human consciousness into a giant computer or hard drive is actually just around the corner. It leaves the arena of sci-fi and into a projection of the future which is very different."
--Johnny Depp
Philippine Daily Inquirer
April 11th, 2014

"I don't know if I want to be uploaded. As technology advances, as rapidly as it has, that means that by the time that technology is old, I will be in some pawn shop, where people plug a quarter and (I will) speak some sort of gibberish for no reason."
--Johnny Depp
Philippine Daily Inquirer
April 11th, 2014

"I thought there was something very beautiful to Wally's idea of the disintegration of the character, and to watch him slowly go out. It was well-researched by Wally. Essentially, once he's inside PINN, he could become anything. Hopefully, one of the things that came across is that he became a little bit brighter and more of a younger version of Will. He became the version of Will that Evelyn wants to see, as opposed to the version that can't button his shirt correctly."
--Johnny Depp
Collider.com
April 17, 2014

"When Will is in the computer, as he's growing along with the computer... I think Will is dedicated to the cause. Essentially, he's God. There ain't nothing on Earth more powerful than him. He can do anything he wants... He can do anything he wants. I think Will was just so focused on the cause that he gets too far into it."
--Johnny Depp
Collider.com
April 17, 2014

"Will wants to advance artificial intelligence radically and is quite successful (in doing so), and he is deeply hated by an extremist group who believe his ideas are potentially going to ruin the world. In a way, Will has a point and they have a point."
--Johnny Depp
ApunKaChoice.com
April 29, 2014

"The character of Evelyn is played by an amazing actress, Rebecca Hall, who is just so great to be around. She is funny, brilliant, you can talk with her for hours and just be fascinated by anything and everything she says."
--Johnny Depp
ApunKaChoice.com
April 29, 2014

"Paul Bettany is one of the most brilliant human beings, and of course there is his work as an actor. It's impeccable."
--Johnny Depp
ApunKaChoice.com
April 29, 2014

"He's got something very unique, Morgan, You absolutely adore him, and you don't know why. We met one time and he said he'd love to work together. I was obviously very honored and touched. He's one of those people that you send a bit of time with you understand why everyone has instant love for the guy. He's pure. And he's brilliant. And he's talented, certainly. And he's funny. Caring. He's impressive."
--Johnny Depp
ApunKaChoice.com
April 29, 2014

Quotes from others:

[Working with Wally Pfister] "was a great combination of all of the enthusiasm and perfectionism and energy of a first-time filmmaker, and a thousand times the experience. It was completely unique. I will never again work with a more experienced first-time film director. He knows everything there is to know about being on a film set, and he knows how to direct a movie. That was not ever in question. So, it was really interesting."
--Rebecca Hall
Colider.com
August 13, 2013

"I wanted to get away from the cliched notion of a sentient machine taking over the world. There are deeper questions of what we're using technology for. To heal or to create a barrier? Is it benevolent or malevolent? I want the audience to understand both sides of it... The question is whether we're going to take advantage of technology or technology is going to take advantage of us."
--Wally Pfister
Indiewire
January 10, 2014

"I wanted to get away from the cliched notion of a sentient machine taking over the world. There are deeper questions of what we're using technology for. To heal or to create a barrier? Is it benevolent or malevolent? I want the audience to understand both sides of it."
--Wally Pfister
LA Times
January 10, 2014

"The question is whether we're going to take advantage of technology or technology is going to take advantage of us."
--Wally Pfister
LA Times
January 10, 2014

"It was essential that the film be ambiguous and that it show these grey areas. Characters in the film's opinions morph and change, and it's not clear who the bad guys are and who the good guys are."
--Wally Pfister
The Wrap
April 15, 2014

"The more power someone or something gets, the more temptation there is to play God. In this case, as the machine becomes sentient and more powerful, it acts in that way. It's trying to use its power for benevolent reasons."
--Wally Pfister
The Wrap
April 15, 2014

"Frankenstein, as an archetype, was absolutely there [in the film]. We were very aware of that, and stories like that. There are many stories and myths like that, and I looked at and reread all of them."
--Jack Paglen, Screenwriter
Colider.com
April 17, 2014