Director Wally Pfister’s Transcendence Unveils a Plot Synopsis


Transcendence (2014) Movie Image

Everyone wants to know what in the hell director Wally Pfister’s “Transcendence” is all about. Although a few outlets have kicked around possibilities over the past few months, the filmmaker and the folks over at Warner Bros. have kept the finer details under lock and key.

Until now, that is.

Apparently “Transcendence” is about scientists and researchers and anti-technology extremists and quests for power. It’s a synopsis filled with details that really don’t explain anything at all. It’s a clever synopsis, especially when you consider all of those words don’t paint a very vivid picture. Or maybe I’m having a tough time seeing past those elaborate brush strokes. Either way, the official plot synopsis is here.

Check it out:

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.

Although I’m not entirely sold on “Transcendence” just yet, it’s good to see that Johnny Depp is trying something a little different. Watching the guy play insanely colorful characters is becoming a bore, though I did think “The Lone Ranger” was better than most of Depp’s recent efforts. Let the virtual internet flogging begin!

Wally Pfister’s “Transcendence” hits theaters on April 18, 2014. Expect a trailer to arrive within the next few weeks. I’ve a feeling that will make or break it for me.

Via : Collider

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • Yousef

    This movie sounds amazing. So excited about it!

  • jkgeezy

    Sounds like an I, Robot prequel.