“TRANSCENDENCE” Movie Review 


Wally Pfister, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of “Inception,” tries directing a full-feature film for the first time. He brings along Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman to help him with his journey. The longtime Christopher Nolan director of photography chose “Transcendence” as his directorial debut where Depp stars as a scientist who is working toward his goal of creating a sentient artificial intelligence. Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, and Paul Bettany complete the cast. “Transcendence” opens in theaters on April 18.



Official "Transcendence" Synopsis:

Sci-Fi Thriller. 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.(C) Warner

Cast

• Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster
• Morgan Freeman as Joseph Tagger
• Rebecca Hall as Evelyn Caster
• Kate Mara as Bree
• Cillian Murphy as Donald Buchanan
• Cole Hauser as a military officer
• Paul Bettany as Max Waters
• Clifton Collins, Jr. as Martin
• Cory Hardrict as a member of the RIFT Unit

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TRANSCENDENCE Interview with Morgan Freeman 


I’ve always enjoyed talking to the great Morgan Freeman but he was especially animated one Saturday afternoon talking about his new movie “Transcendence.” He particularly admired working with Johnny Depp (even though it’s really for one scene – the rest are CGI) and counted the actor as one of the main reasons he took the role of Joseph Tagger, a brilliant computer professor who warns the world about its reliance on technology.

In this interview, we talked about his interest in making the movie and why this science fiction could actually be science fact!



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TRANSCENDENCE Interview with Rebecca Hall 


I love Rebecca Hall! Not only is she a memorable actress (“The Prestige,” “Vicky Christina Barcelona,” “The Town”), she is also a very sweet person! In “Transcendence,” she plays Evelyn, the wife of Johnny Depp’s character, who will do anything to bring back her husband to life, even if it’s virtual. She really anchors the movie from start to finish.

In this interview, we talked about her interest in making the movie, her character, and if she’s ready to unplug!



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TRANSCENDENCE Interview with Paul Bettany 


Paul Bettany has always been a reliable character actor and he puts his talent to good use in the new sci-fi thriller “Transcendence.” He stars as Max Waters, the family friend of the couple played by Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall. He’s a pro-technology who warns about society’s reliance on computers.

In this interview, we talked about his interest in making the movie, his character’s unrequited love for Hall’s Evelyn, and the film’s 1950s paranoia feel.



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TRANSCENDENCE Interview with Kate Mara 


I’ve always been in awe of Kate Mara. The sibling of Rooney Mara has an unforgettable face and can always steal scenes from her fellow actors in movies such as “127 Hours” and “Transsiberian.” In “Transcendence,” Mara is Bree, an anti-technology extremist who will do anything to stop transcendence.

In this interview, we talked about her interest in making the movie, her character, and is she guilty of relying too much on technology?



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